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Taylor returns to Dolphins for his 15th season

MIAMI -- Jason Taylor seeks a few more sacks, and he plans to get them with the Miami Dolphins.

The NFL's active career sacks leader, preparing for his 15th season, signed Monday with the Dolphins. He became a free agent when the New York Jets released him in March.

Taylor, who turns 37 on Sept. 1, spent his first 11 seasons with the Dolphins and has kept a home in South Florida. He played for Washington in 2008, rejoined the Dolphins in 2009 and played last year for their biggest rivals, the Jets.

Taylor's return to the Dolphins was announced on the Facebook page for his foundation. Hours later, he held a news conference at the team's stadium before an evening practice there.

Former Dolphins teammate Dan Marino tweeted, "Welcome back to Miami #99."

A year ago, Taylor had hoped for an offer to remain with the Dolphins, but he clashed with football czar Bill Parcells, who has since departed.

Taylor is driven by wanting to play in a Super Bowl. Last year he reached the playoffs for the first time in nine years, and the Jets' loss to Pittsburgh in the AFC championship game left him fighting back tears.

The linebacker-defensive end was also disappointed to have only five sacks in 2010. That increased his career total to 132 1/2 , which tied him with Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O'Neal for eighth on the career list.


Big Ben alters deal

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has agreed to restructure his contract to help the team get under the $120.4 million salary cap by Thursday.

Roethlisberger's agent says the team approached his client about the move. Ryan Tollner adds that the restructuring would not affect the length or the terms of Roethlisberger's current eight-year, $102 million deal signed in 2008.

The Steelers entered training camp about $10 million over the salary cap and last week released veterans Max Starks, Flozell Adams and Antwaan Randle El to shed payroll.

Director of football operations Kevin Tolbert has said the team wouldn't rule out other personnel moves to shave payroll.


Around the league

*A person familiar with the deal says running back Ahmad Bradshaw is returning to the New York Giants. Bradshaw took over as the Giants' starting halfback last season and rushed for 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns. He had problems with fumbles and lost his job to Brandon Jacobs.

*A person with knowledge of the deal says the New England Patriots have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Matt Light on a two-year contract. An unrestricted free agent, Light would earn up to $12 million, with $7 million guaranteed.

*The Oakland Raiders once again spent big to lock up one of their own key players, signing a five-year, $48 million contract with linebacker Kamerion Wimbley that gives the team more room under the salary cap and Wimbley $29 million in guarantees. Wimbley had been set to play for the $11.3 million franchise tag tender before agreeing to the long-term deal.

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