The Jets, of course, are bitter rivals of the Miami Dolphins, where Taylor spent most of his career. And just in case that doesn't sting enough, Dolphins fans, Clayton says that the New England Patriots are interested, too. So yeah, just about everyone you hate wants to steal Jason Taylor(notes) from you.
Taylor's 35 years old, and at this point, no longer someone who's can elevate a defense all by himself. He's still a contributor, though, and he can still make life unpleasant for opposing quarterbacks. After wasting 2008 in Washington, Taylor rebounded last year, posting seven sacks and forcing three fumbles.
The acquisition of Taylor only becomes truly scary when you consider the team courting him. The Jets had the NFL's meanest pass defense last season, allowing a scant 153 passing yards per game -- a full 30 yards better than any other team. That's already insane.
And that was with just an average pass rush. They were tied for 18th in the league last year with 32 sacks. They've already upgraded at cornerback, acquiring Antonio Cromartie(notes) to play alongside all-world superstar Darrelle Revis(notes). Add seven sacks to the line-up, and how many passing yards a game do the Jets plan on giving up next year? Six? Seven?
Dolphins, any time you guys feel like making an effort to retain Jason Taylor, please feel free. The rest of the AFC would appreciate it.
- John Clayton