I hate the fact that I'm writing this right now. But the Jets are pursuing DE/OLB Jason Taylor, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, to possibly a pass rusher out of Rex Ryan's schemes.
Last year, the Jets flirted a little with the idea of signing Taylor. This is how he responded to the idea of playing with the Jets.
”It’d be very, very, very difficult,” Taylor said 366 days ago. “At the end of the day, if I couldn’t find a job anywhere else and the Jets called, I guess I’d have to retire or go play.”
That's why it's difficult for me to come around on this potential signing. Taylor has been a Dolphin for all but one season in his long, productive career. And for virtually all that time, he's spent his time trying to rile up the New York fan base.
"There's a little more class on the Giants side and some Jets fans take the 'cl' out of class," he said a year ago.
You can go back further in his career, to when he called Jets fans ignorant and classless some more. Like back in 2004 when he talks about the number of Jets fans down in Miami with “… a bunch of them chanting their dumb-ass chant and all that other stuff, being the ignorant fans they are. I said it. I don't care if they get mad at me or not. They don't like me anyway. Quite frankly, I don't care… I'm just being real. I'm telling the truth. You carry yourself with some class, and we'll talk about you as if you've got class. If you want to act crazy and do all the crazy things they do, I'll call a spade a spade.”
You can find a litany of quotes from Taylor about Jets fans.
Even Fireman Ed calls him a "meathead."
I hate Jason Taylor. I hate his stupid commercials. I love watching highlights of the Monday Night Miracle where he runs his mouth all game and then cries on the field at the end.
But at the end of the day, if the Jets sign him, he could probably help this defense a little bit with his versatility, experience, and pass rushing ability. He's a guy Rex Ryan has always wanted to coach, and even at 35 years old, there's still a little left in the tank, especially if he's not going to be a full-time player.
Plus, he'd get to face his old team twice a year. Don't you think Taylor might want to terrorize the Dolphins quarterbacks a little bit?
Still, it would be perverted to see him in a Jets uniform. I'd almost want to boo him the first time he was introduced just to show we haven't forgotten what he's said in the past. But if he produces, we'll root for him, and we'd be happy he's on our side.
Taylor, by the way, is an unrestricted free agent, so he actually does fall within the Final Eight rule. The Jets can only offer him about $1.25 million, which is believed to be what Jay Feely received from Arizona. It's ironic that a player who loved playing for the Jets is gone, and in his place might be a guy who has spewed nothing but venom for Jets fans. But that's the way the NFL works.