Jason Taylor flips from Fins to Jets

April, 20, 2010
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Some refused to believe Jason Taylor actually would join forces with the New York Jets.

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Ed Mulholland/US PresswireJason Taylor is expected to be used primarily as a pass-rusher in Rex Ryan's defense.
Taylor harbored a professed disdain for the Jets from his many years with the Miami Dolphins. In fact, skeptics theorized he visited the Jets two weeks ago as a ploy to get the Dolphins to spend a little more to re-sign him.

So much for that assumption.

Taylor agreed to terms with the Jets on Tuesday afternoon.

The NFL active sacks leader will join Rex Ryan's defense, which ranked No. 1 last year in several major categories. As a complementary piece, Taylor is expected to be used exclusively on passing downs to get after opposing quarterbacks, including Chad Henne twice this year.

The Dolphins wanted to wait until after this week's draft to address Taylor's contract, but there would be no guarantee they'd be interested if they were to draft enough pass-rushing help to marginalize their need to bring Taylor back.

ESPN's John Clayton reports Taylor's contract is for two years but is heavily weighted for 2010. Taylor's base salary is $1.75 million, but he can make as much as $3.75 million with incentives.

The contract was tricky because of limitations placed on the Jets through the "final eight" plan. In basic terms, clubs that reached the second round of the playoffs aren't allowed to sign an unrestricted free agent until they lose one. When kicker Jay Feely signed with the Arizona Cardinals, the Jets were able to pick up Taylor.

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