Clayton: Pats, Jets interested in Taylor

ESPN's John Clayton reports today that the New York Jets are hosting free-agent linebacker Jason Taylor, and in that report, Clayton writes that the Patriots are also interested:

"The Jets will have competition for Taylor's services: The Dolphins are interested in re-signing him and the New England Patriots are also interested. So the Jets are planning an aggressive sales pitch. According to a source, part of the recruiting process includes a trip to the Jets' new stadium in the Meadowlands, where highlights of Taylor's career will be shown on the scoreboard."

Taylor said last year that he would have trouble playing for the Jets because of the rivalry between Miami and New York, but perhaps his mindset has changed.

The Patriots had discussions with Taylor last year before he re-signed with Miami, which was his preference because of family considerations. Taylor spoke multiple times last year about the respect that he has for Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and Belichick has often lauded Taylor. Owner Robert Kraft had said last year there was a place on the team for Taylor if he wanted to come to New England.

Taylor, who had seven sacks last season, could help the Patriots in two areas they are focusing on this offseason: Pass rush and locker room chemistry.