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Jason Taylor is joining the Jets

Jason Taylor hesitated as long as he could, and the Dolphins never showed much interest.  So he’s finally decided to join the Jets.

The long-time Dolphin is set to join the New York Jets, as first reported by Miami Herald beat writer columnist Armando Salguero.  ESPN’s Adam Schefter writes it’s a two-year deal worth $13.75 million, but the second year is irrelevant.  It’s really a one-year, $3.75 million contract.

Even that second number has to include a lot of phony money, game bonuses, and/or incentives.  We’ve written previously that the years governing the uncapped year limited the Jets to offering $1.5 million in base salary for Taylor.  We’ll be curious to see how the Jets got around that.

In Taylor, the Jets got a situational pass-rusher that can help keep Vernon Gholston planted to the bench.  Taylor won’t be asked to play every down.

This move will likely keep Adalius Thomas from joining the Jets; Thomas is expected to be released by New England.

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  1. PhinsPuffPhattys says: Apr 20, 2010 3:25 PM

    They can have him, he didn’t do JACK for us last year…I see him and Rexy dancing the night away in Manhattan…3.75 mil!!! overpaid veterans…
    AGAIN… JETS you are the preseason Super Bowl Champions.
    I doubt you will do anything this year…SANCHEZ will be injured by week 3 …and Kellen Klemens ain’t gonna cut it…lose last 6 games of the season and back into the playoffs to lose to the it!

  2. Avrus says: Apr 20, 2010 3:29 PM

    In before the Jets hate.
    An excellent add to the roster, if Rex can keep all the egos in check.

  3. dphinfan says: Apr 20, 2010 3:30 PM

    God Speed JT – We’ll miss you in Miami. Too bad the ‘trifecta’ don’t appreciate you as much as us fans do.
    Jets fans – you’ve got a class act joining your team. ….you may need to look up ‘Class’ on Wikipedia if you’re not familiar with the term.

  4. 305DOLFAN says: Apr 20, 2010 3:35 PM

    love the way Rosenthal pays respect to Salguero by stiriking out the beat writer label. Absolutely Love.

  5. LeeroyJenkins says: Apr 20, 2010 3:35 PM

    LMAO @ paying this 1 trick pony nearly 4 mill, JT is a liability at this point.

  6. PFTiswhatitis says: Apr 20, 2010 3:39 PM

    Should have left the whole last part out.
    “This move will likely keep Adalius Thomas from joining the Jets.”
    That and the fact that he is s till part of the NE Patriots.
    “Thomas is expected to be released by New England.”
    All speculation. If he is released it will be late and after he is replaced. More likely a trade and the only AFC East team even considered would be the Bills.

  7. Vox Duh says: Apr 20, 2010 3:40 PM

    Please Andy Reid…Sign Adalius!

  8. severs28 says: Apr 20, 2010 3:41 PM

    So if the second year is irrelevant I am guessing the initial $13.75 was a type and was supposed to say $3.75? Cuz $13.75 million is a bit steep for a washed up linebacker…but then again so is $3.75 million

  9. MANNY says: Apr 20, 2010 3:42 PM

    He’ll finally get to play in front of real fans. He’s used to playing in a half empty stadium in Miami at the beginning of games and complete empty stadium by the third quater because pathetic Dolphins fans leave early to go to anti-Castro protest in Little Havana.

  10. Big Slim says: Apr 20, 2010 3:44 PM

    This is my nightmare!

  11. MANNY says: Apr 20, 2010 3:45 PM

    He’ll finally get to play in front of real fans. He’s used to playing in a half empty stadium in Miami at the beginning of games and complete empty stadium by the third quater because pathetic Dolphins fans leave early to go to anti-Castro protest in Little Havana.

  12. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 20, 2010 3:46 PM

    the Jets can still get Adalius Thomas if he’s released

  13. overkil2 says: Apr 20, 2010 3:48 PM

    See ya. Enjoy the spotlight in Hard Knocks.
    What is the over/under on how many sacks he will get this season?

  14. 123456 says: Apr 20, 2010 3:49 PM

    PhinsPuffPhattys says:
    They can have him, he didn’t do JACK for us last year…I see him and Rexy dancing the night away in Manhattan…3.75 mil!!! overpaid veterans…
    Did you watch any games last season?
    What a stupid comment.

  15. LeeroyJenkins says: Apr 20, 2010 3:50 PM

    The only time JT should be on the field is when it is 3rd and 10.
    And this Miami fan is glad he is gone. The trifecta had it right nearly 3 years ago.
    Buh Bye JT

  16. gazretired says: Apr 20, 2010 3:52 PM

    Parcells will rue the day he refused to offer Taylor a contract, but he will never admit it.

  17. stanjam says: Apr 20, 2010 3:53 PM

    I like JT, wish he would have come to the Pats. Since the Pats did not pursue him at ALL, I am assuming they think he is pretty much done. I think he may help the Jets out a bit, but I don’t worry much about him playing well against NE. He hasn’t had a great game against us in a while. I hope Vollmer gets used a lot this year by NE to protect Brady. That kid can block!
    AD isn’t going anywhere, at least not as “released.” My guess would be if he is let go it will be by trade. There has been a lot of talk, but with the Pats needs at OLB I don’t see them letting him go. I just hope he realizes that this club hasn’t been insulting him, they have been challenging him. If we can pick up a good OLB in the draft it may take some pressure off of his side and he can shine this year, so he can get the kind of contract he wants next year.

  18. kpweaver27 says: Apr 20, 2010 3:56 PM

    I don’t think he is that useful anymore. The Jets need to DRAFT pass rushers, not sign ones ready to retire. They remain a solid defense that gives opponents too long to operate.

  19. hardy_na says: Apr 20, 2010 3:59 PM

    Jets are the AFC version of the Redskins

  20. mrzazz41387 says: Apr 20, 2010 3:59 PM

    Well at least we can be sure this isn’t a move to sell PSLs since Jets fans hate him.

  21. steelcity79 says: Apr 20, 2010 4:05 PM

    go ahead Jets….keep signing all the bubble gum card players….remember snyder and the skins and how that worked out for them.

  22. beer_beer_beer_beer says: Apr 20, 2010 4:06 PM

    Are the Jets #1 on your Power Rankings this week?

  23. njghost91 says: Apr 20, 2010 4:12 PM

    Great band-aid for the pass rush. Jets wooooooo!
    Dolphin fans have no news of their own, so they stick to commenting on other team’s articles…why do you even care about what the Jets do if you hate them so much…..ooohh that’s right we were in the playoffs last year while you sat at home and watched us make it to the afc championship..your viewership was much appreciated throughout the playoffs!
    Anyway, enjoy all the smack talk for the next few months, come Fall 2010…its ova baby, we will easily win both games against you in convincing fashion…then we will get to hear all of your rants about how its unfair how we made so many off-season moves or some other scandal….get over it…your team hasnt been an NFL superbowl contender or even considered a pretender in over a decade…you suck!

  24. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Apr 20, 2010 4:17 PM

    No hate, but at this point in his career Taylor is going to the Jets and only because no one else (Dolphins) showed any interest. The New York media is going to tear him a new one when he doesn’t perform to expectations.
    And New York does not forget players that bad mouthed them in the past.

  25. PhinsPuffPhattys says: Apr 20, 2010 4:21 PM

    Yea I watched every game, besides his one fluke play against the JETS where he scored a TD..he had 42 tackles and 7 sacks…LAME…we need more production than that for our OLB…
    Were you watching the games at all last season??? Time for a new beginning in MIAMI.. JT…
    12345…eat it!!!

  26. themage78 says: Apr 20, 2010 4:21 PM

    Lol @ Jets fans. Now you cannot say you’re not trying to buy a ring. Trade for Holmes, get LT, Get JT, trade up for Sanchez, trade up for Shonn Greene, and trade for Edwards. Oh btw good luck getting past a better Ravens team and a still powerful Colts team in the AFC this year. Oh did you hear? You’ll also get the chance at 2 division games in the last 3 weeks of the season. No free ride into the playoffs this year.

  27. JazzJet says: Apr 20, 2010 4:25 PM

    Can’t wait to see the reaction in Miami when JT comes out in Jet green. Should be a lot of fun. As a Jet season ticket holder of 40+ years standing, I’ve always thought Taylor exuded a lot of class bsides being a great player. When the Jets won that fantastic 40-37 Monday night game a decade ago after being behind 30-7 in the 3rd quarter, Taylor was man enough some time afterward to agree to be interviewed by ESPN for a special telecast about that game and gave credit to the Jets. He didn’t have to do that.

  28. Bancho305 says: Apr 20, 2010 4:29 PM

    MANNY says:
    April 20, 2010 3:45 PM
    He’ll finally get to play in front of real fans. He’s used to playing in a half empty stadium in Miami at the beginning of games and complete empty stadium by the third quater because pathetic Dolphins fans leave early to go to anti-Castro protest in Little Havana.
    you are a classic stupid jet fan that knows LEARN :
    the dolphins sold out EVERY SINGLE GAME LAST YEAR…EVERY SINGLE GAME..duhhhh water boy ! moron
    I like JT and i didnt want him going anywhere…he should have waited until after the draft.

  29. Dayton Dolfan says: Apr 20, 2010 4:29 PM

    uhh.. the year we didnt have JT (2008) we went 11-5 and won the division. Jets have become the new Redskins. Buy big in FA and fall flatt on their keasters in the season. AFC Championship game last year was an abberation. if the Colts hadn’t laid down in Wk 16, sorry a$$ jets wouldnt have made the playoffs.

  30. JAJ says: Apr 20, 2010 4:29 PM

    WOW. First LT and now JT. The toilet bowl that is the New York Jets overflowith w/ washed-up turds.

  31. Finsfan says: Apr 20, 2010 4:30 PM

    Reports on 790 the ticket that the fins did in fact offer Taylor a contract in the neighborhood of 2 million for the year. If true…Hope he never makes it to the ring of honor. Zach Thomas never would’ve made this move…

  32. go big green says: Apr 20, 2010 4:32 PM

    hes coming to a team where he doesnt have to do much but play better than Gholsten….there’s a challenge.
    good upgrade. now draft somebody for the future.

  33. Bleeding Green says: Apr 20, 2010 4:33 PM

    MANNY says:
    April 20, 2010 3:45 PM
    He’ll finally get to play in front of real fans. He’s used to playing in a half empty stadium in Miami at the beginning of games and complete empty stadium by the third quater because pathetic Dolphins fans leave early to go to anti-Castro protest in Little Havana.
    HAHAHA! Classic… and all too true

  34. IHTINB says: Apr 20, 2010 4:36 PM

    J.T is dead to me… May we please have a moment of silence. Thank you J.E.T.S SUCK SUCK SUCK
    Just remember when your expected to win like the New York J.E.T.S SUCK SUCK SUCK are it is not easy my projection for Ryan & Bitches is 8-8

  35. ROBERT says: Apr 20, 2010 4:38 PM

    The Dolphins’ fans stayed all game to see the FINS beat the Jets last year on Monday night. JT was solid over his career but he’s limited now. Tuna wants youth and size. They would have signed JT, just not as much (Jets always overpay).

  36. LeeB says: Apr 20, 2010 4:40 PM

    Why do veterand do this. He should have retired at Miami. He will play one year with the Jets then they will cut him before the second season to avoid paying him. Then he will sign a one year contract with the Dolphins to retire as a Dolphins. Blech!
    And if the Jets do badly, they will have the perfect scapegoat sitting right there in the locker room even if 52 others should take the wrap too.
    Should have stayed in Miami, take a year or two off and transition as a coach.

  37. finsbooyah says: Apr 20, 2010 4:43 PM

    This is a sad day for Dolphins fans… It wouldn’t be as bad if he went somewhere else, but the thought of seeing JT in Jets green twice a year makes my stomach turn… Looks like JT’s brother in law, Zach Thomas, was the true Dolphin of the two. He laughed at Belichick when the Pats offered him a FA contract.
    …And Gregg, it’s ok to call Armando a beat writter. He’s also a douche

  38. Burnum says: Apr 20, 2010 4:48 PM

    I am a Dolphins fan but I still wish Jason Taylor all the best for his future. That said, I also hope the Jets will crash and burn. Everyone but JT…

  39. jetters149 says: Apr 20, 2010 5:00 PM

    why does evrybody sai the the jets are trying to buy a ring. How ever thinks that are complete idiots, which team does not want to get better at every chance they get or do they stick with the saem personall year after year. Signed one free agent this year that might make a difference. the rest were all trades, yes trades, you give something to somebody and then they gice something back to you. If that is called buying a ring than i guess every team is trying to buy a ring now a days.

  40. ItalianArmyGuyGarglesGoo says: Apr 20, 2010 5:03 PM

    Can we just call them the Jetskins now?

  41. Pervy Harvin says: Apr 20, 2010 5:14 PM

    LMAO!!! The jets blowing their nut on FA’s in hopes of a SB….freaking hilarious!

  42. hutchthelizard says: Apr 20, 2010 5:19 PM

    It’s weird, and maybe I’m just not paying enough attention to comments, but I don’t think I can recall one comment from Jets fans proclaiming themselves to be this years favorites?
    I don’t think anyone from New York is running around thinking that Jason Taylor is going to win the Jets a Super Bowl, most of my Jet fan friends are upset about the signing quite honestly.

  43. LeeB says: Apr 20, 2010 5:23 PM

    ”’Then he will sign a one year contract with the Dolphins to retire as a Dolphins. Blech!”’
    No No, it’s always a ONE DAY contract to retire with your old team. Double Blech!
    I thank my buddy for the glaring error.
    PS: JT I wish you luck and your team can kiss my ass.

  44. gregoriorossini says: Apr 20, 2010 5:23 PM

    I hope JT hates the jets enough to just start trashing their locker room and ruining the comradery there, leading to a failure season.

  45. the real deal says: Apr 20, 2010 5:31 PM

    Well, I believe Jerry Jones said it best last week, Bill Parcells ain’t worth a SH!T…..
    What an idiot, and lack of respect to Taylor, what a player, and all time great.
    BOOURNS on letting him go……..

  46. Andyman says: Apr 20, 2010 5:32 PM

    As a Dolphin fan…I love JT. Always will but 1.5 sacks the last 10 weeks last year and he’s going to be 36 at the start of the year. This is non-factor move, even more so than LT.

  47. smithopher says: Apr 20, 2010 6:10 PM

    I love how so many of the posts on this wall contain a bunch of hate from Miami fans. We Jets fans are not trash like you love to believe. This is going to be a good move. Miami knows that they are not going to beat the Jets right now, they’re positioning themselves for the future. Jason Taylor is not the future. The Jets are in win now mode and one of the most prolific pass rushers currently playing can certainly add something to the defense. With all the blitzing they did last season, they got far too little production in terms of sacks. Watching Jason Taylor in practice everyday can help these guys pick up a few tricks when it comes to getting around those tackles. I’m happy about this.

  48. lifelongphinfan says: Apr 20, 2010 6:13 PM

    jt is a jet WOW!!!!!! i’m shocked, i never saw that coming and still dont believe it.i guess now i have to wonder why would he do that and my only thought is maybe he’s going there as a double agent- 0099 and he’s going to destroy the jets from with-in. the ultimate way to take one for the team. u go j.t. i still love you man and i’ll love you even more if my post turns out to be

  49. FinFan says: Apr 20, 2010 6:28 PM

    That traitor!!!!

  50. ANUoldman says: Apr 20, 2010 7:05 PM

    wow… hell froze over….
    if he did get an offer from miami for $2M and he went to the jets… the only reason would be the slightly better chance of a playoff run… if you believe the hype
    any way you cut it…a sad day for phins fans

  51. tommyguns says: Apr 20, 2010 8:02 PM

    If he goes against Jake Long, one word comes to mind-pancake!

  52. nyjshane88 says: Apr 20, 2010 10:00 PM

    I realize it’s pointless to post cuz the average IQ on here could be counted on 1 hand. That being said, try to stay with me.
    For those of you saying the Jets are trying to buy a ring, or comparing them to the free spending Redskins, shut up and get a clue. The Jets haven’t given out a single big contract. They are getting talented players for nothing and paying them less than that.
    They aren’t even bringing in these players to be key guys, they are nothing more than supplemental pieces. LT is going to be a backup, Holmes will prob be a 3rd WR, Taylor will be a situational pass rusher. They aren’t bringing in old guys to be starters and pinning their hopes on them. They have their core in place already, Harris, Revis, Scott, Greene etc. Oh but Rex is fat so none of that logic counts right?

  53. arul211 says: Apr 21, 2010 2:08 AM

    Before you say “you can’t wait to see us crash and burn and go 8-8”, let the season start and see what happens.
    Play like a Jet

  54. JazzJet says: Apr 21, 2010 5:01 AM

    Those who hope that JT is coming to the Jets so as to sabotage them within are just evincing their Dolfan or anti-Jet mentality. Athletes are mercenaries who compete at the best of their ability to justify to management , their teammates and most importantly, themselves, that they are worth the money. When they fail, it’s not because they are purposely trying to do so. As for the charge that the Jets are bringing in an overrated, over the hill player, that might turn out to be true, but the Pats, as an example, weren’t accused of that when they rescued Junior Seau from the heap, and he made a contribution to that team. If the Jets as a result of this move decide to cut the big mistake that is Vernon Goulston, then I’m a happy camper no matter what JT contributes.

  55. Rasta-Dolphan says: Apr 21, 2010 3:41 PM

    THE JETS ARE A PIECE OF SHIT TEAM!!! I hate them and the fans. Going to the stadium and seeing those people sicken me to the core! I like JT he was an icon here….but going to the WETS!! Unforgivable…I threw up in my mouth when I read this article. JT Im gonna boo your ass when you come home you bastard! Any other team man any other one, I would have been fine with it. Go ahead and read some of the crap on Gang Green the fans are saying about you LOL. Ther are going to tear him a new one if he dont live up to expectations. Jason Traitor!

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