When we last heard from the agent for free-agent defensive end/linebacker Jason Taylor, the word was that a decision on whether he’d be joining the Jets would be made by the middle of the week, at the earliest.
So once the middle of the week came, Jets owner Woody Johnson, G.M. Mike Tannenbaum, and coach Rex Ryan called Gary Wichard in the hopes of getting a deal done, according to Manish Mehta of the Newark Star-Ledger.
The biggest draw for Taylor could be the strides the Jets have made, which is putting them — at least on paper — on track for a championship.
“He wants to get to the Super Bowl,” an unnamed source familiar with the situation told Mehta. “He wants to get a ring.”
We agree with that sentiment. After all, he forced his way out of Miami two years ago when he regarded the 1-15 team as a rag-tag bunch with no chance of doing anything significant in 2008. And so Taylor was traded to Washington. The Dolphins went on to make the playoffs, and the Redskins didn’t.
Last year, Taylor tucked tail for a spot on the bandwagon in Miami. Now that the Jets seem to be the frontrunners in the AFC East, he’s surely wondering whether he should climb aboard a train that could roll from New York to Dallas.
And it could be that the Jets opted to make a big push on Wednesday because the Dolphins’ addition of receiver Brandon Marshall puts the Fins firmly in play, too.
That said, there’s still no clear indication that the Dolphins want Taylor back for another year. If they don’t, the decision for the 2006 NFL defensive player of the year becomes a lot easier.