Jason Taylor joins ESPN

Former longtime Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor officially made his first step after retirement. The six-time Pro Bowler agreed to join ESPN as an NFL studio analyst.

Taylor will be all over ESPN programming this fall and will make appearances on shows such as "NFL Live," "NFL 32" and "SportsCenter," according to an ESPN press release.

"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. "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."

I covered Taylor during his last year in Miami and he is a genuine person. He has a great personality and isn't afraid to speak his mind.

Taylor will do a good job for ESPN, and the network gives him an outlet to begin his post-retirement life and still be around the NFL. This should be a win-win for both parties.