There’s been a post-Donovan McNabb-trade void in the NFL newsroom that Jason Taylor has filled nicely, at least temporarily. As we wrap our heads around the New York Jet’s two-day courtship of Taylor, it’s a story rich with sub-plots. Among them is a helicopter ride over Manhattan as the Jets wooed the 13-year veteran to join the league’s top-rated defense.
- The Jets might actually turn the loss of K Jay Feely into the acquisition of Taylor. Because the Jets are bound by the “Final Eight” Rules for the potential uncapped season, they were prohibited from signing an unrestricted free agent until losing one. Enter (or exit, rather) Feely. But the Jets are also limited in terms of salary. Because Feely is listed as making $1.5 million (including a $500,000 roster bonus) in 2010, the Jets cannot sign a player to a contract that exceeds that salary. Jets fans, would you trade Feeley for Taylor?
- I’m hearing differing opinions from football minds on whether Taylor, 35, has anything left in the tank. When I posed this question to NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi, he simply e-mailed back “Yes.” Pat Kirwan views Taylor as a situational player whose effectiveness will wear down with increased snaps. Solomon Wilcots just offered an interesting take, saying the 3-4 defense is probably best suited for Taylor at this point in his career — he feels Taylor is underrated in his ability to drop into coverage and his real value might be impacting the game in a variety of ways.
- According to the Daily News, the Jets’ courtship (I don’t know what else to call this) of Taylor included a helicopter ride around Manhattan.
- Is Taylor using the Jets as leverage for a bigger deal from the Dolphins? Dolphins beat writer Jeff Darlington of The Miami Herald doesn’t think so, telling NFL Total Access the Jets have been reaching out to Taylor for several weeks, and he wouldn’t have visited if he weren’t serious about a move.
- What was your favorite Vernon Gholston moment? I recall during the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine that a newly-hired Rex Ryan suggested he would take Gholston on as his personal project and expected him to have a big season. Either this is a wake-up call for the former sixth-overall pick, or the Jets really don’t believe he has it in him. Or both.
- Don’t discount the theory that Taylor, who accrued cross-demographic fame for his Dancing with the Stars performance, would be drawn by the New York media market and the Jets’ appearance on HBO’s Hard Knocks next season. What’s not to like in that scenario for Taylor at the end of his career?
- Andy, finally, Jets superfan Fireman Ed is being quoted in news stories for his opinion on Taylor. Really? Really??