Saturday, April 24, 2010

Jets' 2010 Undrafted Free Agent Signings

This list will be updated as the names come in. I'm mostly finding the players here if you want to keep track yourself. Here, I'll post a link to their scouting reports and a brief blurb.
Last updated: 4/26/10, 11:00 AM

CB Donovan Warren, Michigan - CB/FS tweener was college star but may lack speed for NFL.
OG Charlie Tanner, Texas - Mobile lineman whose best fit comes in zone scheme (like Jets run).
DE/OLB Kevin Basped, Nevada - Gifted pass rusher who seems to be a great fit for a 3-4.
TE Jeff Cumberland, Illinois - TE with great triangle numbers, little production.
OL Keith Buckman, North Dakota State - Productive small school lineman with 33 career starts.
WR Philip Kirkland, Bethune-Cookman - Athletic receiver coming off a knee injury.
DE Jason Lamb, Baylor -  Good size (6'5, 285). Projects as a 3-4 DE at the next level.
CB Brian Jackson, Oklahoma - Big, physical cornerback who could find a role in special teams.
DT Mick Williams, Pittsburgh - Undersized (6'1, 280) but productive college defensive lineman.
LB Cory Reamer, Alabama (tryout)  - Strictly a special teamer who could battle Lance Laury for a job.
S Marcus Ezeff, California (tryout) - Decent college player but probably training camp fodder
S Donye McCleskey, Indiana State (tryout) - Athletic small school safety.
WR Damon McDaniel, Hampton (tryout) - Hyped high school receiver, bounced around in college.

So far, I'm extremely happy with the first four. The first three are surprising draft snubs, and it wouldn't surprise me if any of them made the team. I thought the Jets would take a blocking tight end in the draft like Mickey Shuler Jr. or Nate Byham, but instead they opted for John Conner as their blocker. Cumberland isn't polished at all, but he has the raw physical tools to be someone to watch for. Think of him as this year's J'Nathan Bullock.

Meet your 2010 New York Jets Draft Class

Wow. Oversleep and you miss a lot. It took Mike Tannenbaum until the third day to live up to his nickname of "Trader Mike," but what happened on day three of the draft was the most shocking of all.

Alan Faneca is gone. Leon Washington is gone. In their places are two new runningbacks.

After trading for Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes within 7 months, people wondered if Rex Ryan still believed in ground and pound. This draft clearly shows yes, even if it's not in the way anyone expected.

#29. Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Wilson offers a perfect skillset to step in as nickel back right away. Cromartie and Revis will start out wide, and Wilson will cover the shiftier third receivers that have become so common. Hopefully, we won't see Drew Coleman and Dwight Lowery seeing extensive time in the playoffs anymore. Wilson also provides insurance in case Cromartie doesn't live up to his potential. Value met need here, and it was a great pick.

#61. Vladimir Ducasse, OL, Massaschusssets
Meet your new starting left guard (most likely). With the release of veteran Alan Faneca, Ducasse probably has the inside track of starting in his place, but he'll battle Matt Slauson and Robert Turner. Ducasse is a big, athletic player who fits in at either left guard or right tackle, and if he's not starting this year, you can expect him to take over right tackle for Damien Woody next year.

#112. Joe McKnight, RB, USC
Now, it starts to get interesting. The Jets gave their 4th and 6th round picks to move up in round 4 to secure McKnight. This is when the Leon Washington talk intensified. McKnight has speed, explosiveness, and elite pass catching ability. Sound familiar? McKnight was the #1 high school prospect in America by some when he left for USC. He never fully lived up to the promise, but as a complement to Shonn Greene, his role is perfect.

#139. John Conner, FB, Kentucky
The Jets traded up in round four for a halfback, and now they traded up into round 5 for a fullback. Except this time the price was Leon Washington and a 7th round pick. People questioned if Washington would remain a Jet. Few thought his price tag was so low. Fittingly, Conner's nickname is the Terminator, as his arrival ended Washington's tenure, his crunching blocks crush opponents, and his name fits perfectly. Conner very well may be the next Tony Richardson. He's listed as the best blocker in the draft, and while he's limited elsewhere, Conner will be able to pick off where Richardson left off when he rides off into the sunset.

So a four pick draft for Gang Green, and it costs them Washington and Conner. After day one, I was ecstatic. After day two, I was still pleased. Now? It's taking a lot for all of this to sink in. The players are great fits, but what about the defensive line? The Jets could have kept Washington and Faneca and tried to add to their current team rather than try to win and rebuild at the same time. They deemed Washington too much of an injury risk and Faneca as the weak link in the offensive line, so they were proactive moving them. It still was a shocker to see Leon go.

Now, Ducasse, McKnight, and Conner are all part of the offensive future for the Jets. By 2011, all should have key roles on the Jets. You have to hand it to the team as they're not resting on their laurels and trying to get better and better. But they failed to address the front seven once in the entire draft. Right now, Mike DeVito and Shaun Ellis are your starting defensive ends. While that isn't a bad thing, I might expect the Jets to take a look back at Marques Douglas to try to resign him. After all, they had the number one defense in the league starting him. The addition of Jason Taylor probably takes care of the need for a pass rusher right away, but it's still surprising not seeing one young defensive end or linebacker being groomed in this draft. Then again, the lack of selection could mean the Jets are moving Vernon Gholston down to lineman in the 3-4 to try to salvage something from his career.

The Jets will now monitor the waiver wire to fill out their roster. The only holes that remain seem to be at backup quarterback, #2 tight end, maybe left guard, defensive line depth, and possibly a pass rusher.

What do I give the Jets in this draft? A solid B+. All four players will be key contributors in the future. The draft did cost Leon Washington, but remember, it also brought in Santonio Holmes. Wilson and Ducasse were both great value, and McKnight and Conner fit the Jets style like a glove. But ignoring the front seven on defense is why this draft can't go any higher than that. Plus, it's only a four man draft, so there's very little margin for error.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Jets select OL Vladimir Ducasse 61st overall

With the 61st choice, the Jets chose OT/OG Vladimir Ducasse from Massachussets. Ducasse is a talented, athletic, and large lineman whose selection could pave the way for Alan Faneca or Damien Woody's departure. Faneca in particular has been rumored to be on the trading or cutting block, and his days as a Jet are clearly numbered.

Ducasse has a great skillset that could plug in numerous places on the line. Bill Callahan and the Jets could put him in as a starter right away or they could groom him a year and plug him in next year. Good value, and it's a good idea to add some youth and talent to the offensive line.

There is now a glaring hole on the defensive line that will probably be addressed with their next pick, number 124 overall. It's also possible the Jets choose a pass rusher.

Day 2 Jets' Draft Board

If I were Mike Tannenbaum, this would be my draft board heading into tomorrow.

1. OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
2. DL Linval Joseph, East Carolina
3. NT Terrence "Mount" Cody, Alabama
4. OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
5. DL Cam Thomas, North Carolina
6. DL Torrell Troup, Central Florida
7. OLB Everson Griffen, USC
8. DE Alex Carrington, Arkansas St
9. DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern
10. OT Rodger Saffold, Indiana
11. OL Vladimir Ducasse, Massachussets
12. OT Charles Brown, USC
13. OLB Ricky Sapp, Clemson
14. S Nate Allen, South Florida
15. S Taylor Mays, USC
16. S Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech
17. DL LaMarr Houston, Tennessee
18. WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame
19. DE/OLB Carlos Dunlap, Florida
20. WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
21. DE/OLB Eric Norwood, South Carolina
22. OLB Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech
23. OG Jon Asamoah, Illinois
24. DE Greg Hardy, Mississippi
25. OLB Koa Misi, Utah
26. OG John Jerry, Mississippi
27. OLB Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State
28. S Reshad Jones, Georgia
29. TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New York Jets select CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State

With the 29th pick, the Jets chose CB Kyle Wilson. They opted to stay put at #29 rather than move up or down. DL Jared Odrick, who was thought to be pretty high on the Jets' board, went just one pick earlier to division rival Miami. The Dolphins had traded down from #12 to thwart the Jets' plans.

Wilson provides insurance in case Antonio Cromartie is a bust. Wilson is just 5'10", but he's got great tackling ability, great speed, and he's got great ball skills. The Jets now have three cover cornerbacks who they can put on guys in the playoffs when they go against New Orleans or Indianapolis. Rex Ryan can now bring 8 guys, put the 3 cornerbacks on an island, and shut teams down.

The Jets will likely look to add a defensive lineman in round 2 or 4.

What to watch for tonight

The Jets own the 29th pick in the NFL draft, but knowing Mike Tannenbaum, there's little chance they actually make that pick. Tannenbaum is a master of the draft-day trade, moving up to take Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Mark Sanchez, and Shonn Greene in recent years.

So will the Jets move up or down? Here's a look at some of the possibilities for Gang Green tonight.

If they trade up...

Safety Eric Berry would be the ultimate player for this defense, but the Jets would need to pull a Ditka to grab him. If the Jets want another safety, Earl Thomas and Taylor Mays are possibilities. Thomas is a complete player who will probably go in the top 15, while Mays's elite size-speed combination will go later in the first round. Jason Pierre-Paul, Brandon Graham, and Sergio Kindle are the elite pass rushers in the draft, and Mike Pettine and Rex Ryan would love to have someone who could terrorize quarterbacks. Defensive end Jared Odrick would be able to bookend Shaun Ellis, but trading up for a 3-4 defensive end is not too advisable the way Ryan runs the defense. Clemson runningback CJ Spiller is a possibility as he would be an explosive complement to Shonn Greene, but that would be a lot to invest in one position. It's also possible, though unlikely, the Jets move up for OG Mike Iupati or Maurkice Pouncey.

If they stay put...

The only players above who may last are Iupati, Mays, Kindle, or Odrick, and all are unlikely. USC's Everson Griffen could be an option as a pass rusher, but some question his ability to translate to a 3-4, and Jason Taylor's presence could limit his playing time. The best defensive linemen available could be guys like Linval Joseph, Terrence Cody, and LaMarr Houston. Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty may seem unlikely given the trade for Antonio Cromartie earlier this offseason, but the Jets could always use more cover guys, and McCourty could be an immediate contributor on special teams. But none of these options are super appealing without trading down first and picking up a couple of picks.

If they trade down...

The value for most of the players above simply isn't there at 29, so it's likely Tannenbaum moves down to try to accumulate a few extra draft picks and ammunition for later in the draft. Joseph, the athletic defensive lineman from East Carolina, would be the ideal target, as it's imperative the Jets come out of this draft with a rotational lineman to go with Mike DeVito. Joseph, North Carolina's Cam Thomas, or Northwestern's Corey Wootton could be options. If the Jets choose to wait, they could opt for a defensive back like South Florida's Nate Allen, Virginia's Chris Cook, or Indiana's (PA) Akwasi Owusu-Ansah. Or they could take a pass rusher like Clemson's Ricky Sapp.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New York Jets Big Board

Here is a list of the top 29 players on my Jets' draft board. This is a combination of value and need, and essentially, I would take the top player available on this list, given the choice. You'll notice that players like Jimmy Clausen and Rolando McClain aren't listed because the Jets have no need for a quarterback or middle linebacker. Sam Bradford makes the list at #29 simply because the value would be too high, and the Jets could use a backup quarterback...

1. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
2. Ndamukong Suh, DL, Nebraska
3. CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
4. Jason Pierre-Paul, OLB, South Florida
5. Joe Haden, CB, Florida
6. Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
7. Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
8. Gerald McCoy, DL, Oklahoma
9. Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan
10. Earl Thomas, S, Texas
11. Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State
12. Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
13. Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
14. Derrick Morgan, OLB, Georgia Tech
15. Maurkice Pouncey, OG, Florida
16. Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
17. Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
18. Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
19. Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
20. Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina
21. Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
22. Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
23. Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
24. Taylor Mays, S, USC
25. Nate Allen, S, South Florida
26. Carlos Dunlap, DE/OLB, Florida
27. Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
28. Jermaine Greshem, TE, Oklahoma
29. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

My dream Jets' mock

Jets trade down with Cleveland, trading #29, #124, and OLB Bryan Thomas for #38 and #72.
Cleveland wants Colt McCoy, so they trade up in round one. I was looking for the Jets to trade up to round three, and I figured Cleveland was the perfect place to go, so I just combined two deals into one.
 
Jets trade QB Kellen Clemens to Pittsburgh for #225.
Clemens can compete with Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon to possibly start the first six games of the year without Ben Roethlisberger The Jets are shopping Kellen Clemens and will probably cut him if they can't find a taker. For a 7th rounder, why not.

#38. Linval Joseph - DL, East Carolina
Joseph fills the Jets' biggest need, and trading down a little bit makes him a little better value. He's a guy who has been rising up on the draft board because it's hard to find guys with his size (6'5", 328) and athleticism. He can play 3-4 DE or NT, depending on how Rex Ryan wants to use him. While the Jets don't need stars up front, they do need big guys to take up blockers, and with Shaun Ellis and Kris Jenkins both in their 30's, the time to start getting younger up front is now.

#61. Akwasu Owusu-Ansah -  CB, Indiana (PA)
Antonio Cromartie will help shore up the other corner spot opposite Darrelle Revis. But is that enough? Nevermind that Cromartie has had his own issues over the past few years. The Jets want to be a Super Bowl team. Who played last year? The Colts and Saints. In the AFC Championship game, Manning didn't pick on Darrelle Revis, but rather Drew Coleman, Dwight Lowery, and Lito Sheppard. Even if Cromartie is a stud, he'd just avoid him and Revis and go to other weapons. Owusu-Ansah is a small school prospect, but he has all the skills to be a better man-to-man cornerback than Dwight Lowery. With the trend going to more and more receivers and the spread offense, the Jets counter by adding another cover guy.

#72. OLB Ricky Sapp - OLB, Clemson
Of course, another reason why the Jets' defense wasn't as elite as it could have been was the lack of a pass rush. He's an explosive athlete who is experienced standing up and rushing the quarterback. He should be able to fit in right away and join with Jason Taylor to replace (and hopefully upgrade) departing LB Bryan Thomas. Then when Taylor moves on, Sapp becomes the starter. Unless Vernon Gholston decides to finally do anything in the NFL...

#155. OG Marshall Newhouse - OG, TCU
Newhouse is an athletic guard who could compete with Matt Slauson to take over for Alan Faneca after a year on the bench. Alan Faneca and Damien Woody are getting up in age and can't be counted on forever, so getting depth would help.

#198. RB Deji Karim, Southern Illinois
Karim was a productive FCS back who ran a 4.37 at his pro day. The Jets don't need a runningback, but Karim could compete with Chauncey Washington for fourth on the depth chart. He's also the type of back who could possibly replace Leon Washington after a year.

#225. P Zoltan Mesko, Michigan
A punter for Kellen Clemens! Mesko may be the best punter in the draft, and someone needs to be brought in to compete with Steve Weatherford. Why not draft someone?

#236. TE Mickey Shuler - TE, Penn State
The most obvious pick in the draft if he's still there. The son of the great Jet of the same name is considered a very late round pick. He's mostly a blocking tight end, but with Dustin Keller as the catch-first tight end and Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, and Jerricho Cotchery also catching passes, the Jets don't need another receiving tight end. Shuler makes a lot of sense, and the Jets could use another tight end for sure.

Schedule Released: Five primetime games for Jets next season

The Jets might be the biggest story in the NFL. That's what they're saying by putting the Jets in primetime on nine different occasions in 2010, including three Monday night games.

The full schedule is posted on the left sidebar, but here's a quick rundown.

FIRST QUARTER
vs Baltimore (MNF)
vs New England
at Miami (SNF)
at Buffalo

To start the season, the Jets open with back-to-back home games against difficult opponents. The home games will be nice, but three divisional games in a row, two on the road, and none of them with Santonio Holmes? That's rough. Braylon Edwards may miss the first game as well after his incident last season in Cleveland. Also, the New England game is after a short week. It shouldn't matter that much so early in the season, but you like having extra time to prepare. The Jets playing down in Miami so early is also annoying since the Dolphins have a much better home field advantage in September when it's still really hot out. That said, if the Jets can get off to a fast start, they'd really set themselves up well down the stretch. And vice versa for a poor start. Two out of four games on national TV also will give the nation a long early look at Gang Green.

SECOND QUARTER
vs Minnesota (MNF)
at Denver
BYE
vs Green Bay
at Detroit


Another primetime game makes it three out of the first five. Brett Favre's return to the Meadowlands will be interesting, to say the least. Favre and company will have two weeks to prepare in that game, and at this point, he'll be completely healthy, so I would have preferred that game later in the year. Still, it will be a very interesting matchup of two of the best teams in football. Following that up with a road game in Denver is not easy but it's certainly winnable. The Jets then get a well-deserved bye before taking on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Finally, the Jets then get a break in Detroit, but the Lions are at least decent at home, so the Jets can't afford a letdown there. This is a stretch where the Jets could (and perhaps should) go 3-1.


THIRD QUARTER
at Cleveland
vs Houston
vs Cincinnati (Thanksgiving)
at New England (MNF)


Detroit and Cleveland back-to-back in the middle of the season should mean two wins in a row, but both are on the road, so they aren't total gimmes. Houston couldn't handle Rex Ryan's defense last year, so it will be fun to see Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson go up against Darrelle Revis and company again. The Bengals will look for revenge on Thanksgiving after the Jets ended their season last year. The Jets got hammered last time they played on Turkey Day, but Kellen Clemens was also running around for dear life back then, so things have changed indeed. Then comes the rematch with the Patriots. The Jets will have an extra long week to prepare, but so will New England, as they play the matinee Thanksgiving game in Detroit. It will be both teams' first divisional game in over two months, so both teams will be fired up.


FOURTH QUARTER
vs Miami
at Pittsburgh
at Chicago
vs Buffalo


If I'm going to complain the Jets play Miami in the heat, at least the NFL returned the favor, bringing the Dolphins to the Meadowlands in December. That will probably be a huge game in the division. The Jets must avoid a let-down against Miami since they play New England the week before the Dolphins game on two occasions. The schedule-makers then force the Jets to go to Pittsburgh and Chicago in the dead of winter, so you can bet this will be a cold December for the Green and White. It would have been nice to face Pittsburgh without Ben Roethlisberger, but the NFL didn't give the Jets many breaks. Santonio Holmes will be back to face his former team in that one. Then again, facing Chicago so late in the year could be advantageous if their defense is ravaged by injuries again by this point in the year. Buffalo in week 17 is nice. The Bills should be out of it by then, so if the Jets need to win to get into the playoffs, they should be able to. And if the Jets can rest their starters by that point, all the better. And if the Jets are 7-8 and eliminated from the playoffs at that point, heads will roll. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Jason Taylor signs with the Jets

Hell has frozen over. Jason Taylor is a New York Jet.

Taylor, who has been extremely vocal about his dislike of Jets fans in the past, now joins his old enemies to add some pass rushing ability.

He had 7 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 interception last year. Even though he'll be 36 years old, he can still make plays, and you can bet he'll be extra motivated against Miami.

I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that he'll be a Jet by now, but it will still be strange. But it's just yet another big name added to a team that's trying to steal all the headlines and hopefully win the Super Bowl.

I can't wait for his comments about becoming a Jet and what he wants to say to the fans now. That will be a lot of fun because there are a lot of Jets fans out there who will not like this move at all just on principle. And I can't blame them.

*The NFL draft starts Thursday. I'll have several draft preview posts leading up to Thursday.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Leon signs one-year tender, but will he remain a Jet?

Leon Washington's contract negotiations have been long and ugly, with both sides calling out each other publicly, and no deal ever getting done. The latest issue was the Jets only giving Washington a 2nd-round tender, and Washington refusing to sign it until the last minute. Well, one day before the deadline where restricted free agents needed to sign, Washington finally wrote his name on the dotted line.

But with Brandon Marshall being traded to Miami just one day after signing his tender, what does this mean for the Jets? Mike Tannenbaum has stated he expects Washington to play a meaningful role this season, but he also said he expected Kerry Rhodes to be back right before he was traded.

However, Washington's value is closer to Santonio Holmes than Brandon Marshall. Marshall was a proven #1 receiver who might be one of the five biggest talents in the NFL. Washington is a runningback who has never been the #1 back on his team in his entire career. Throw in the fact that he's going to be 28 years old opening day, coming off a broken leg, and the Jets are looking at a day three pick at best for Washington.

And with the Jets committed to Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson and a run-first offense (despite the Holmes trade), Washington has more value to the Jets as a third runningback who can step in and play a few downs on offense every game and possibly step in in case of injury. He can also concentrate on returning kicks, what used to be his strongest suit. Coming off a broken leg, no team will trust him with a starting role, and Washington is worth more to the Jets as a third back and kick returner than he would be to any other team. Whatever pick the Jets get for Leon they would immediately have to invest back at the position in the draft.

So despite Tannenbaum's precedent of saying one thing and doing another, expect him to keep Washington. It's not impossible that Trader Mike would make another move, but it's hard to see the Jets willing to dump Washington for next to nothing like they did with Rhodes. They know Washington will work hard and be a good soldier once he gets on the field. They weren't sure about that with Rhodes.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Report: Jets trade for Santonio Holmes

Multiple sources have reported that the Jets have traded a 2010 5th round pick for Santonio Holmes. It had been getting awfully quiet around Florham Park, which usually means something is up Mike Tannebaum's sleeve, and that certainly is the case here as the Jets have traded for yet another big name player.

Holmes, the 2009 Super Bowl MVP, fell out of favor with Pittsburgh after some off-field issues, most notably a positive drug test which will likely keep him out the first four games next season.

But for a 5th round pick? That's a steal for the Jets. Holmes is a shifty receiver who is still pretty young (26 years old) and talented enough to make some big plays. For the price of a 5th round pick, getting Mark Sanchez an accomplished receiver, one that was the MVP of the Super Bowl just 14 months ago is wild.

Tannenbaum is banking on the Jets being a good enough team that they can afford to miss Holmes for four games. After all, remember, Vernon Gholston started four games last year in place of Calvin Pace. Holmes's off-field issues are troubling, but like with Cromartie, Tannenbaum is hoping that the Jets' atmosphere will be a positive thing for Holmes.

Holmes provides more speed and more big play ability in the receiving corps. And with Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery also on the team, Holmes could be free to return punts, upgrading that position as well.

For an offseason where the Jets are not allowed to sign free agents before they losing any, bringing in Cromartie, LaDainian Tomlinson, and now Holmes is pretty crazy. Not to mention Jason Taylor and Mark Brunell are high on the Jets radar to come in next.

Now, the Jets are set at wide receiver, and you can pretty much throw that away as a place the Jets will go in the draft. Expect the focus to be improving the play in the trenches on each side of the ball in the upcoming draft.

Oh, and Braylon Edwards? You are now on high alert. If Edwards doesn't produce, the Jets now have a viable receiving tandem and could let him walk in free agency after this season. So Holmes provides insurance for Edwards as well. What a shrewd move by Mr. T.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jets pursuing DE Jason Taylor. Wait, what?

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.