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Breaking News: Jason Taylor Is a Miami Dolphin Once Again

MIAMI - OCTOBER 12:  Linebacker Jason Taylor #99 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after defeating the New York Jets at Land Shark Stadium on October 12, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 31-27.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Mark David SmithCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2011

Jason Taylor announced through his foundation's Facebook page Monday afternoon that he will return to the Miami Dolphins. No word yet on the details of the agreement, but it will probably be a one-year deal for around $1 million.

This is a great PR move by the Dolphins.

Taylor was the most beloved Dolphin since Dan Marino until last offseason, when he signed with the New York Jets. Fans couldn't believe he'd be playing for Miami's worst rival. Many swore never to forget or forgive.

They will.

With Taylor's third stint in a Dolphins uniform, Miami gains a Dolphins legend, some depth in the pass-rush game and a ton of great, positive publicity. The hatred towards the team for running him out of town and the hatred towards him for going to the dark side will disappear almost immediately.

Of course, Taylor isn't the player he once was. He'll be 37 years old when the season starts; expectations aren't high, making every one of his sacks that much more sweet for fans. 

This year, Taylor will be welcomed back to where he established himself as an elite pass rusher. He'll play on obvious passing downs and give the starters breathers.

He'll be a positive influence in the locker room, he'll have statistics comparable to last season (36 tackles and five sacks) and he'll finish out his Hall of Fame career in his true home, Miami.

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