Since unceremoniously being dumped by the Washington Redskins in early March, defensive end Jason Taylor has kept a fairly low profile—until now.
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, Taylor, the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has targeted the Patriots as his team of choice. And judging by the amount of love given to Taylor by New England's big three (owner Bob Kraft, coach Bill Belichick, QB Tom Brady), this seems to be more anticipation than speculation.
After hours of intensive research—replace hours with minutes, and intensive with "Google"—evidence seems to point to an imminent Taylor-Pats union. Coach Bill Belichick has, on numerous occasions, expressed his admiration for Taylor, who seems to excel when playing the Patriots. From 2001 to 2007, the defensive end recorded 10.5 sacks against Belichick and the Pats.
Belichick isn't the only member of the Patriots organization to express feelings for Taylor. Bob Kraft believes Taylor to be a "great player," and it's reputed that Taylor and Brady have a good relationship.
Speculation aside, if the Patriots and Jason Taylor can get this deal done, then they ought to. The Patriots are once again loaded to take a run at yet another Super Bowl, providing the best opportunity for Taylor to get a ring.
New England plays the 3-4 defense (extremely well, I might add), and Taylor's ability to play end or linebacker makes him that much more appealing to Belichick, who seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to players of the "over-30 crowd."
No other coach knows how to get the most out of players on the downside of their career than Belichick, and truthfully, after 12 years and one season of "Dancing With the Has-Beens," Taylor's career is definitely in its twilight phase.
Love them or hate them, the New England Patriots are once again an odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl. Adding Jason Taylor to the mix only improves those odds, so when it happens, expect the venom from "Patriots Haters" to be off the charts.
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