Jets GM expects Taylor’s answer before draft

The possibility that Jason Taylor will eventually (or, rather, could soon) be a New York Jet continues to gain momentum.

Rich Cimini of the Daily News blogged Thursday that “word close to Taylor” is that he’s leaning heavily toward accepting an offer from the Jets, which he says is believed to be a two-year deal.

That report comes one day after Manish Mehta of The Star-Ledger relayed a serious push by the Jets, reporting owner Woody Johnson, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan dialed up Taylor’s agent, Gary Wichard, for a four-way conference call Wednesday in an effort to close the deal.

All along, it was thought a decision by Taylor would take place by this week, at the earliest. The Dolphins have maintained they won’t consider signing Taylor until after next week’s draft.

The timing of that stance could be pushing Taylor toward the Jets. Tannenbaum told reporters huddled for a pre-draft news conference Thursday that he expects to have the Taylor situation resolved “one way or the other” before the draft, but he didn’t specifically give Taylor a deadline.

“I’m not a big deadline person, although when I proposed, I [told] him I needed an answer pretty quick,” Tannenbaum said, jokingly.

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