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Jason Taylor could be a Jet by end of day

This development might be difficult to digest, so I'll give you a slice now and come back with more analysis in a bit.

Jason Taylor, a proud Miami Dolphins defender for a dozen years and a sworn enemy of everything Fireman Ed chants for, is visiting with the New York Jets on Wednesday.

And it doesn't sound like the Jets will be willing to take "no, thanks" for an answer. They will try to buckle Taylor's knees with an aggressive presentation.

ESPN's John Clayton reports the Jets will go after the NFL's active sacks leader as though he were a blue-chip college recruit, giving him a tour of their sparking new stadium and playing highlights of his career on video scoreboards that are said to be mesmerizing.

Taylor's plan was to take his time this offseason and sign with a team closer to the start of training camp. Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan will push him to sign with them immediately.

When he still was an unrestricted free agent a year ago, Taylor professed his disdain for the Jets.

"There are a few teams that are not on the list," Taylor said of the teams he would consider. "We can all figure out which ones those are, but I have no top three."

Asked specifically about the Jets, he gritted his teeth.

"It'd be very, very, very difficult. Very difficult," Taylor said with a grin. "But at the end of the day, if you can't find a job anywhere else and the Jets call, I guess you've got to retire or go play.

"The Jets are the Jets. I've had a lot of history saying bad things about Jets fans. The fireman hat guy [Fireman Ed], and all of the people in New York that are Jets fans are not the ones that are working on Wall Street. I've said all of those things. So I've got to leave it at that."

Taylor doesn't seem to be at a stage in his career where he would have to choose the Jets or retire. Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero reported Wednesday the Dolphins recently reached out to Taylor and agent Gary Wichard.

Taylor is coming off a season in which he registered seven sacks.

The Jets' starting outside linebackers, Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas, combined for 10 sacks.