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Jason Taylor claims he's not done after 2010

We reported on Saturday afternoon that the recent decision of Jets linebacker Jason Taylor to hire CAA to handle his off-field interests coupled with CAA’s decision not to apply its standard “all or nothing” approach to representing athletes means that Taylor won’t be signing another NFL contract.  (His current deal with the Jets expires after the 2011 season.)

We also reported, based on a source with knowledge of the situation, that Taylor indeed doesn’t plan to play beyond 2010.

Rod Boone of Newsday asked Taylor about the report following Sunday’s 9-0 loss to the Packers.  Boone reports (in the portion of the article that’s available without having to pay to read the words) that Taylor was “emotional” about the report.  (Apparently, that’s what too much dancing will do to a guy.) 

Thankfully, Boone exported the money quote to the free website known as Twitter:  “It’s amazing the crap Mike Florio puts out there.  I don’t know where it comes from.”

Yes, Jason.  I had nothing better to do on Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, so I put the name of all aging players whose best days are long behind them into a hat and pulled out one for the purposes of reporting that he plans to retire after the season.  After all, who doesn’t love to read on a Saturday afternoon a story about a guy who isn’t the player he used to be thinking about doing what many think he should have already done?

Regardless of what Taylor says, we stand by the story.  One hundred percent.  Apart from what we were told by a source with knowledge of the situation, the mere fact that CAA would represent Taylor for off-field stuff without insisting on a shift in his football representation means that CAA has no reason to believe that he’ll be playing beyond this season.  Otherwise, CAA would have insisted on a shift from Gary Wichard to one of their football agents.  (If Boone doubts that, he should ask Jets receiver Braylon Edwards.)

Beyond that, the mere fact that Taylor would be moving from Gary Wichard to CAA for things other than football means that Taylor is thinking about things other than football.  Which means that he’s not long for football.

That said, we understand why he denied it.  He doesn’t want to be a Tiki-style distraction to a team that could be destined for great things.

Still, the next time Taylor chooses to be emotional about anything after a shutout loss at home, maybe he should choose to be emotional about the shutout loss at home. 

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19 Responses to “Jason Taylor claims he's not done after 2010”
  1. pfii63 says: Nov 1, 2010 11:16 AM

    Other than Jason Taylor, who cares?

  2. BigTony300 says: Nov 1, 2010 11:17 AM

    Wow, well put Florio.

  3. Barius Maximus says: Nov 1, 2010 11:17 AM

    Jets player focusing on life after football instead of the game and Jets lose, Cowboys lose again, Titans lose, Bengals lose, Bears can’t lose ’cause they are on a bye, if the Colts win tonight it is a great weekend of Pro Football in East Central Indiana and there isn’t much else in East Central Indiana except a good football weekend once in a while.

  4. dbw2459 says: Nov 1, 2010 11:24 AM

    I’m a Dolphins fan so I have no love lost for the Jets or Taylor. With that being said this post represents the worst this site has to offer. I visit this site because it does a good job of aggregating stories from all over the league. I could care less about the opinion of the writers of this blog or the petty cat fights they engage other bloggers in.

  5. recent says: Nov 1, 2010 11:48 AM

    dbw2459 put it perfectly.
    These petty little feuds and nasty remarks anytime somebody doesn’t agree with you are not for the good of the audience, it’s so the writer can try and get revenge for whatever reason, and feel that this is the time and place (which it generally is not).
    You could have just said the ‘he denies it, but we stand by our story’ part, instead of the insulting paragraph about his career nearing an end, or the 5 extra paragraphs trying to prove a point in an insignificant pissing contest.
    Jason Taylor would likely agree with you that he isn’t what he was a few years ago, so why go and bash a guy who is now only a good player, when he was once a great player. He’s still on a roster in the NFL, so he is certainly still capable of playing at that level and can retire on his own terms.

  6. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 1, 2010 11:53 AM

    Jason “Benedict Arnold” Taylor can go play for the Pats next year. Then the Bills in 2012 and complete the trifecta of a traitor.

  7. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Nov 1, 2010 11:53 AM

    JT wants to play for BB and the Pats.

  8. CYGNUS X-1 says: Nov 1, 2010 12:03 PM

    another great story about how you can say and write anything you want about a player true or not. but if they offer up any kind of response other than agreement with you they are cry babies who can’t take the heat right? and you wonder why people do not take you seriously as a “journalist” and think of you as a jerk. granted a jerk who comes up with info about the game people care about but a jerk non the less.

  9. SomeFans says: Nov 1, 2010 12:37 PM

    “Jason “Benedict Arnold” Taylor can go play for the Pats next year. Then the Bills in 2012 and complete the trifecta of a traitor.”
    And that’s why he will never be treated as was Zach Thomas. Enjoy your feeble attempt for more attention there drama queen. Wonder if he was cryin with Ryan?

  10. timbo slice says: Nov 1, 2010 12:41 PM

    Jason “Benedict Arnold” Taylor can go play for the Pats next year. Then the Bills in 2012 and complete the trifecta of a traitor.
    riiiiiiight because the dolphins wouldn’t have dropped taylor like a pirce of garbage once he outlived his usefulness to them, now would they?

  11. william sizemore says: Nov 1, 2010 12:47 PM

    If JT is a traitor, so is Paul Warfield, Larry Csonka and Jim Kick, theses players are not traitors, they are business people, and the teams are not loyal to any players that they don’t want any more, get over it folks, there is no loyalty in business, its all about the money. Bill p.s. And if JT gets to the hall of fame he will go in as a Dolphin, and his number will be on the ring of honor.

  12. Pastabelly says: Nov 1, 2010 1:33 PM

    The Patriots defense is getting younger, faster, and better. They are moving away from signing guys like Taylor. Gerard Warren has done a nice job of filling in for Ty Warren. He can move into more of a backup role next year when Ty Warren comes back.
    As for Florio, he posted the Taylor information on his latest news and rumors section. If you have a problem with him speculating and speaking with his sources, go to a site that’s only straight news.

  13. JoeSixPack says: Nov 1, 2010 2:28 PM

    Maybe he’ll be the latest player to “graduate” from his current team to join the Patriots.

  14. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 1, 2010 2:45 PM

    william sizemore says:
    November 1, 2010 12:47 PM
    If JT is a traitor, so is Paul Warfield, Larry Csonka and Jim Kick, theses players are not traitors, they are business people, and the teams are not loyal to any players that they don’t want any more, get over it folks, there is no loyalty in business, its all about the money. Bill p.s. And if JT gets to the hall of fame he will go in as a Dolphin, and his number will be on the ring of honor.”
    apples to oranges, man. if you’re a lifelong dolphins fan and do not understand my comment, then you’re not a lifelong dolphins fan.

  15. GregO says: Nov 1, 2010 3:47 PM

    I see you are not so pious that you choose to omit dissenting opinions.
    Your insults of Taylor are absolutely uncalled for.
    For such a judgmental person, Florio, you frequently do not practice what you preach.
    Shame on you.

  16. jb1005 says: Nov 1, 2010 4:55 PM

    Florio,
    No need for the insults to Taylor. Much more of a need for you to grow up. The guy is a hall of famer, you are a blogger writing about a hall of famer. Try to remember that.

  17. rk says: Nov 1, 2010 6:00 PM

    Florio
    I’ve been very critical of you many times in the past but you have really crossed the line in this post. That was disgraceful on your part. For you to mock a player, make fun of his performance and what kind of player he is after 15 years in the league just out of spite…its pathetic. You have a problem with Taylor denying your report about a decision he is going to make on his career? The only one who knows what Taylor will do, is Taylor. So for you to rip him and make fun of him because he made you look like a fool for reporting fact when there is none is something no other reputable journalist or media member would ever do. You have showed in one post what an absolute embarrassment you are and I’m glad finally the entire world can understand and see what most have us already knew. Name me the respected media member who would mock a player as a has been and made jokes about him dancing on a reality show in a clear attempt at covering up for a report that said player shot down? No one would stoop to that level. You’re a very sad man…and I use the term man very loosely.

  18. GregO says: Nov 1, 2010 7:21 PM

    For the record, despite Florio’s poor demonstration of maturity and tact (something that I guess shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point) as well as no small amount of hypocrisy, I think his speculation about Taylor will prove to be correct.
    Ultimately ending up correct on the issue is no excuse for this very disappointing post and I hope Florio chooses to remember that if/when Taylor retires this offseason and doesn’t resort to the same classless tactics displayed here.

  19. TheSleepness says: Nov 3, 2010 3:00 PM

    love the site but this kinda journalism irks me…you must stay out of the story.

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