New York Jets: Gary Wichard
Mike Tannenbaum said he doesn't believe much in deadlines, but that he does want to have the issue of Dolphins OLB Jason Taylor resolved before the Jets need to decide who to chose with the 29th pick in the NFL Draft next Thursday.
"My expectations is we would have that situation resolved one way or the other," Tannenbaum said Thursday at the Jets' pre-draft press conference at the team's Florham Park training facility.
Tannenbaum added that he wasn't a fan of deadlines however. And didn't say that one had been given in this situation. But he did allow that whether or not Taylor was a Jet would make a difference in the draft, even if it was just as a tiebreaker in a decision at a certain pick.
"We’ve had good discussions with Jason and I don’t know what’s going to happen there," Tannenbaum said.
Taylor was at the Jets facility last week for two days. The Jets tried to convince Taylor to consider New York, showing him the New Meadowlands Stadium and introducing to current members of the team.
Taylor returned home to the Miami area to think it over, and his agent, Gary Wichard, said a decision wouldn't be made until at least mid-week. Having Taylor on the roster would mitigate the need to draft a pass rusher with a first or second round pick next Thursday.
There are several contradictory reports out on what Taylor will decide and when.
Tannenbaum also said the Jets were likely to look at a cornerback in the draft, and to go defense first. With Leon Washington's return and the addition of WR Santonio Holmes and RB LaDainian Tomlinson added during free agency, the offense has been well shored.