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.