Rosenthal pointed out earlier today one of the prior comments from Jason Taylor suggesting a serious dislike of the Jets. Tim Graham of ESPN.com has harvested a bunch of other ones.
Taylor’s remarks generally are directed at the fans. Still, it’s hard to imagine Taylor embracing at this stage of his career a team for which he harbors such deep-seated animosity.
Thus, we think that the New York visit is a ploy aimed at getting the Dolphins to make a decision on whether Taylor will be back in 2010.
That said, if coach Rex Ryan can work the same magic on Taylor that he has worked on others — and if the Dolphins continue to show no interest in Taylor — we wouldn’t be shocked if Taylor eventually does a deal. Especially since the Jets’ presence on HBO’s Hard Knocks meshes with whatever it is that motivated Taylor to appear on Dancing with the Stars.
Even so, it would indeed be a shock if Taylor signs before training camp. He won’t want to spend significant time in New York in the offseason, and if he’s not under contract he won’t feel compelled to do so.