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Monday, April 13, 2009
Chiefs need to sign Jason Taylor

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs need to take the Zach Thomas addition one step further and sign his brother-in-law, Jason Taylor.

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A Thomas-Taylor reunion (they starred together for years in Miami) would be perfect as the Chiefs move forward.

Yes, Taylor is older -- he will be 35 in September -- but it's clear new Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli wants to sprinkle his young roster with veterans at key positions. Pioli came over from New England, where adding older players was the norm. So far this offseason, he has traded for linebacker Mike Vrabel and agreed to terms with Thomas. Taylor would give Kansas City's green defense a third savvy veteran for the short term.

Taylor wouldn't simply offer experience as the Chiefs transition to the 3-4 defensive scheme. He'd give Kansas City a much-needed asset: A pass-rusher.

The Chiefs set an NFL record in 2009 for the fewest sacks in a season with 10. Taylor may no longer be a dominant pass-rusher, but he still has a few years left.

Signing a player like Taylor could go a long way toward the Chiefs being relevant in 2009. Kansas City's offense is solid. The Chiefs' progress depends on its defense. Taylor, who has been linked to New England and Miami, is needed in Kansas City.

Now, let's see if his brother-in-law can talk him into it.