FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Longtime Patriots nemesis Jason Taylor, now in his 13th season, isn't showing signs of slowing down. The Dolphins are ranked second in the NFL in sacks per pass play, and Taylor's six quarterback takedowns have contributed to that production.
On a conference call with New England media members Wednesday, Taylor was asked how much longer he plans to play.
"I'll go as long as it all works out," he said. "As long as I can physically do it, and do it at a level that the game needs to be played at; I don't want to be a hindrance to a team and hold a team back. I know I can play. I'm enjoying it. It's December and I'm feeling great and healthy."
Taylor is currently playing on a one-year contract. While football is guaranteed to be played in 2010 -- and it sounds like Taylor envisions himself on a roster in 2010 -- he pointed out that the potential of a 2011 lockout could take any potential retirement decision out of his hands.
"We don't know how that will play out," he said of ongoing talks between the players union and owners on a new collective bargaining agreement. "It may be decided for me, more so than me deciding for myself."