Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor talks to the media during a press conference following his being named AP Defensive Player of the Year. (Angel Valentin, Sun-Sentinel / January 5, 2007)

According to a report in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, free agent defensive lineman Jason Taylor will re-sign with the Miami Dolphins instead of possibly signing a deal with the New England Patriots.

Taylor spent last season with the Washington Redskins and had spent his entire career before that with the Dolphins.

Many people thought the chance to play with Tom Brady and the Patriots would have been enough to get him to come north. But Taylor’s always been a family man and had wanted to stay close to his family.

Now he’ll get that chance.

Jason Taylor to re-sign with Miami Dolphins today [Sun-Sentinel]

Taylor chooses family [The Point After]