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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Taylor should have been a Chief

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Maybe Jason Taylor was never a real possibility for the Kansas City Chiefs. But he should have been.

But it won't happen. Taylor is going to be a Miami Dolphin again.

I've written it before and I stand by it -- Kansas City should have gone after Taylor. The Chiefs set an NFL record for the fewest sacks in a season last year with 10. Yet, they've done little to help their pass rush this offseason.

Taylor, who will turn 35 in September, has been one of the most consistent pass-rushers in the league in recent years. Yes, he is getting older, but the new Chiefs regime hasn't been turned off by age. The Chiefs have brought in linebackers Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas this offseason. The fact that Taylor and Thomas are brothers-in-law would have been a bonus.

The Chiefs have about $30 million in salary-cap room. They could have given Taylor a big contract if they chose to. I understand that many people think Taylor is nearing the end, but he could have helped Kansas City for a couple of years.

Who else on the roster is going to give the Chiefs a stronger pass rush than Taylor? I don't know that answer. The Chiefs better figure it out, because Taylor is no longer an option.