Jason Taylor has made it clear that he is interested in playing another year with the New York Jets. The question is now, should the Jets consider re-signing him to a low-cost one year deal to improve their depth at linebacker?
Overall, Taylor was pretty good for the team last season. As primarily a rotational player, he finished with 36 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He made a handful of incredibly clutch plays that had a large hand in helping the team pull out a few victories, most notably a strip sack of Tom Brady in week 2, a safety against Pittsburgh in week 15, and a big overtime sack against Cleveland in week 10.
On the cheap, the Jets could do much worse than bringing Taylor back as their fifth linebacker. He is a better option than a free agent like Matt Roth and is more proven than a younger player like Jamaal Westerman.
If they decide against bringing him back, it will indicate the coaching staff and front office thinks he is done, as evidenced by a weak showing in the playoffs or that they are confident in a young player like Westerman stepping up. There isn’t really a better pass rushing option on the free agent market, considering the Jets will only be looking for a rotational player.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing him back on a one year deal and the Jets address outside linebacker in next year’s draft or in free agency before the 2012 season. The depth at linebacker right now is a cause for concern and Taylor is comfortable in the system and is a proven veteran performer.