- Aug 13, 2003
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- 120 mi west of Costa Rica
On the day the Dolphins signed their second free-agent defensive end, the team's Pro Bowler at that position "didn't know what was going on."
Jason Taylor, on a boat headed to the Bahamas, said his phone started ringing constantly. Was coach Nick Saban going to replace him? Would he be traded?
"I wondered why he signed the ends," Taylor said Monday at his celebrity golf tournament at Grande Oaks Country Club. "But we're all replaceable."
After Taylor's agent, Gary Wichard, told The Palm Beach Post that Taylor "was not looking to become a situational, stand-up linebacker" and media outlets clamored for comment, Saban issued a statement.
"We have no intention of moving or trading Jason Taylor," Saban said. "Everything we have done is to build our defense around what Jason does best. He's an outstanding player."
Those words both comforted and motivated Taylor, who has spent all of his eight NFL seasons in Miami and has become heavily involved in the community.
"You don't mind hearing that your new coach wants you and is going to make you a big part of what he wants to do," Taylor said. "Obviously it was a compliment to me and I appreciate it. Now I've got the responsibility and pressure to go out there, back him up, give him my best and that's what I'm going to do."
Taylor said this year's voluntary workouts have included much more classroom time than in the past.
"It's all new to a lot of us," he said. "There's a learning curve to this and it's like learning French right now."