Well, the when turned out to be almost immediately?
“For the past 15 NFL seasons, I walked into a locker room, players’ lounge or training room and always knew that a television would be tuned in to ESPN,” Taylor said in a statement from the network. “I am extremely excited to be joining their team now and look forward to contributing to analysis that is regarded by players, coaches and fans as the worldwide leader in NFL and overall sports coverage.”
Perhaps known off the field most for a run on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” the six-time Pro Bowler also worked as a guest analyst for ESPN towards the end of last year, no doubt drawing the attention of network executives.
Taylor spent 13 of his 15 NFL seasons with the Dolphins, recording 139 1/2 sacks, which ranks sixth all-time. During his career, which included stops in Washington (2008) and New York (2010), played in all sorts of defensive schemes, sometimes with his hand in the ground, other times as an upright outside linebacker.
Former Dolphins teammate Sam Madison believes this in-depth schematic knowledge, especially things that he may have picked up during his last several seasons, will be Taylor’s greatest asset as an analyst.
“Now he’ll be able to break those different things down and be able to tell you the different things about key matchups throughout the course of the games,” said Madison, who was also a part of the Dolphins’ 1997 draft class. “He’s right there at the top. He’s going to give you that A-1 plus information.”
Taylor’s deal with the network has him set to appear on “NFL Live,” “NFL 32,” “SportsCenter” and both Sunday and Monday “Countdown.”
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