Commentary

Where could Taylor be headed and at what cost?

Jason Taylor looks to be on his way out of Miami and Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson offers his take on which teams should be in the market for Taylor.

Originally Published: May 23, 2008
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.
After the recent comments by Miami coach Tony Sparano indicating that defensive end Jason Taylor will not take part in any offseason activities with the Dolphins, it has become clear that Taylor will be taking his act to another city in 2008. The move makes sense for both player and team, though it should have been made before the draft to help the Dolphins with what will be a long, arduous rebuilding process. Still, a trade appears to be imminent and plenty of teams could use Taylor's services.

Taylor is still a very good player who could help a contender get over the hump. He is a tremendous physical specimen who has long arms and excellent quick-twitch athleticism. Taylor has the ability to provide a ferocious pass rush, set the edge as a run defender or drop into coverage, meaning he can contribute in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. He is still an explosive athlete with a wide array of moves and there is no doubt he can make an entire defense better with his presence.

What would be the ideal situation for Taylor? He has already begun preparing for life after football and probably has two or three good years left in him. The best fit would be a situation in which Taylor is not asked to play every snap but is instead part of a rotation that would keep him fresh over the course of both individual games and the entire 16-game schedule.