Jason Taylor wanted to clear the air on numerous topics.
No, he did not demand a trade from the Miami Dolphins. Yes, he wants to play one more season before moving on to an acting career. No, he still hasn't spoken with new Dolphins boss Bill Parcells. Yes, he believes Tony Sparano will be a good coach in Miami. No, he doesn't regret missing workouts to appear on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Yes, he desperately wants to leave football a winner.
But on one issue - whether he will be at training camp with the Dolphins next month - Taylor showed he can dance while seated, too.
"Do I want to be here? Yeah, I'd love to be here," Taylor said yesterday morning while seated on the top level of an arena in Hollywood - the South Florida suburb, that is, not the moviemaking capital that has piqued his interest considerably in recent weeks and likely will beckon once he retires. "I would love to be a Dolphin and win games and have it work out for everybody. But that may not be the case."
So the mystery of whether the six-time Pro Bowl defensive end has played his last game for Miami will live on, at least a bit longer. Taylor seemed to be choosing his words carefully in a 30-minute question-and-answer session, especially when it came to the particularly thorny notion of the Dolphins trading him elsewhere.
He denied widespread reports suggesting his side has demanded a trade, but finally acknowledged what has been suspected for weeks: If Miami wants to move him, he won't argue. Taylor has spent all 11 of his NFL seasons with the Dolphins.
"I want to win in '08. That's what I want to do," Taylor said. "And I've told the Dolphins from Day 1 that was my intention. My intentions right now are to play 1 more year. I've tried to give the Dolphins the opportunity, if they wanted to do something and move me, then I was OK with that.''
The NFL Network reported during the weekend that the Eagles were among five teams interested in Taylor. The others were New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Dallas and San Diego.