Yeah, you read that correctly. ESPN’s Tim Graham is reporting that Jason Taylor arrived in New York this morning where he will receive an aggressive sales pitch from Rex Ryan. Graham continues to say the Jets face stiff competition for Taylor’s services from the Patriots and Dolphins.
There’s a few points to make here. First of all, it wasn’t long ago that Jason Taylor said he would just as soon retire than suit up for the Jets. In fact he’s been fairly clear on that point for some time. So either JT speaks out of both sides of his mouth or he has no problem letting Rex Ryan take him out to lunch. Honestly, I think Jason Taylor is taking the Jets offer seriously. They’re a solid defense and they finished a game short of a Superbowl last season. As much as the homer in me wants to think JT will always want to be a Dolphin, the fact is he played for next to nothing last year, he was the consummate professional and for all his trouble Miami reportedly (according to the Herald) won’t give him the time of day. So screw ‘em, right?
Either way, Miami needs to get its head on straight and offer Jason another deal. He clearly doesn’t mind taking a paycut to play close to home, he’s still got a little left in the tank and Miami could use the leadership.
The second point is Tim Graham’s assertion the Jets and Patriots will see stiff competition from Miami. Has anyone else read this? Or heard this? Or been told this? I’ve been reading the opposite. Is there like an ESPN-only phone hotline that the whole NFL uses or is it possible Graham might have fabricated that a little? I hope he’s right but I do a fair bit of research and reading on the Dolphins and I haven’t seen anything to confirm that.
At any rate, sorry for the brevity of this post and the lack of links and citation. Wanted to toss this up on my lunch break.