Nearly three years after nearly parlaying a stint on Dancing with the Stars into a movie deal but opting instead to keep playing football, Jets linebacker Jason Taylor currently plans to end his NFL career after the 2010 season, per a league source.
The evidence comes from the fact that Taylor, 36, has hired CAA for his off-field interests, as confirmed by Taylor’s presence in the ever-growing army of CAA clients who are available for speaking engagements. We’ve confirmed that, indeed, Taylor has hired CAA to represent him for matters other than football.
The fact that CAA, which take an all-or-nothing approach to athlete representation, has not also secured Taylor as a client for contractual purposes (Taylor is still represented by Gary Wichard) means that Taylor has no plan to sign another NFL contract.
Technically, Taylor is under contract with the Jets through 2011. But we’re told that this will be Taylor’s last year in the NFL.
Of course, we’ve heard that before with other players. For now, however, there’s no reason to believe that the rare decision by CAA to accept marketing representation without insisting on football representation means anything other than Taylor will be calling it quits after his first and only season with the Jets.