Friday, July 22, 2011
Jason Taylor wants to play, but where?
By Rich Cimini
Former Jets OLB Jason Taylor, released by the team in February, isn't ready to pull a Kris Jenkins. Even though he'll be 37 on Sept. 1, Taylor wants to play football in 2011 -- and he hinted about returning to the Dolphins.
Taylor, speaking to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Friday morning at a charity golf tournament in South Florida, changed his position with regard to future employment. In March, shortly after being cut by the Jets, Taylor said "that ship has sailed" when discussing a possible return to the Dolphins. At the time, he said it was the Jets or retirement.
The ship apparently has reversed its course, heading back to the harbor.
"I appreciate the interest and the concern if there is any,” Taylor told the newspaper. “No ships have sailed, no bridges have been burned. There’s nothing to do right now. I’m going to play this year, if there’s a season, and I think there will be. … Until this thing works itself out, I’m playing golf.”
Taylor did a respectable job in his only season with the Jets, recording five sacks and two forced fumbles, but he's considered a long shot to return. The Jets want to get younger and they could use Jamaal Westerman as their No. 3 outside linebacker. Taylor probably knows that, which might be why he's trying to make nice with the Dolphins. Bill Parcells, his LFE (least favorite executive), is out of the picture in Miami, another reason why he might be trying to smooth the way for a return.