The Boston Globe and ESPNBoston.com are reporting that almost the entire AFC East is competing for the services of DE/OLB Jason Taylor. Taylor is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and has yet to sign with any team. Supposedly, he is more open to leaving Miami, his home for most of his career, this year than he was last year when the Patriots were pushing hard for him to relocate to New England. The market was quiet for Taylor’s services until today, when he took a trip to the Meadowlands to meet with the New York Jets. According to reports, Taylor left the Jets without signing a contract. With that, Taylor Watch 2010 now begins.
What could Taylor bring to the Patriots? Jason Taylor, despite being 36, does still have some pass rushing skills, an area the Pats need lots of help in. Last season, he sacked the opposing QB 7 times. The cupboards are pretty bare, especially when you consider that Adalius Thomas is not likely to make it to Week One of the regular season on the Pats’ roster. Taylor also brings a positive locker room presence and would be a leader on the team, despite being a newcomer.
The Patriots do have one ace in the hole in trying to win the Jason Taylor sweepstakes: Tom Brady. Jason Taylor has never hid his fondness of Tom Brady’s play at QB and the two have become friends off the football field. If any team has a possible advantage over Miami, I think that it would be New England. Adding Taylor and some talent from the draft at OLB would certainly bring a refreshing new look to the defense.