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Dolphins' Taylor says he'll return next year

MIAMI (Jan. 7, 2007) -- Jason Taylor needed only a few days off to decide he wants to keep working.

The Miami Dolphins defensive end said he plans to return next season, regardless of whom the team hires as coach.

"If he'll have me, I'll be back in Miami," Taylor said on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. The Dolphins are searching for a successor to Nick Saban, who left last week for Alabama.

As recently as Jan. 5, when Taylor was chosen NFL defensive player of the year, he said he was considering retirement at age 32.

"The day Tom Brady outruns you, I'll retire," Taylor joked. "But that day's not going to come quick."

Taylor's disclosure came a week after the Dolphins concluded a disappointing season. He was one of their few bright spots with 13 1/2 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and two interceptions, both returned for scores.

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