Taylor watch: Fins passive, Jets aggressive

April, 8, 2010
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Jason Taylor's surreal visit with the New York Jets continued Thursday at the club's facility in Florham Park, N.J.

Jets right tackle Damien Woody was taken aback when the outspoken Jets antagonist poked his head in the weight room during a tour conducted by head coach Rex Ryan.

"Rex is the ultimate salesguy, and I'm sure he's going to throw everything at him today," Woody said on Jane McManus' blog at ESPNNewYork.com.

Ryan reiterated that Taylor and his wife will return home to Florida to mull the offer. Taylor's agent, Gary Wichard, told me Wednesday he expected the six-time Pro Bowler to take the weekend at least.

The Miami Dolphins, meanwhile, haven't changed their plans to address Taylor after the draft. Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland had a news conference scheduled Thursday to discuss the draft. It was hijacked by Taylor questions.

Palm Beach Post reporter Brian Biggane shares a rundown of the back and forth on his blog.

"Look. They know our stance," Ireland said, referring to Taylor and Wichard. "We know our stance. ... We have to evaluate things after the draft. So that's where we're at."

Biggane writes Ireland stopped the news conference 81 seconds in: "I thought this was a pre-draft press conference, fellas."

Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero delivered an enlightening breakdown of the polar approaches the Jets and the Dolphins have taken with Taylor.

While the Jets have rolled out the red carpet for Taylor and his wife, including a helicopter ride over Manhattan and a tour of the new Meadowlands stadium, the Dolphins have kept him at arm's length.

Salguero writes:
Taylor wants to be loved, maybe even wooed. He definitely wants to be shown respect because after 13 NFL seasons he rightly believes he's earned that. And the New York Jets are showing him that love and respect at a time when Taylor doesn't think the Dolphins are.

New York Daily News reporter Rich Cimini also provided a detailed account of the courtship from the Jets' perspective.

Salguero also notes the Dolphins have been stoic over the past year while Taylor has been flattered by overtures from both the Jets and New England Patriots. Furthermore, the Dolphins have re-signed two veterans coming off significant injuries that will impact them into the summer. They've already brought back quarterback Chad Pennington and nose tackle Jason Ferguson, who will serve an eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

There are a lot of wrinkles to this situation. We'll see if the Dolphins have the chance to iron them out before Taylor makes a decision on the Jets.

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