Should The Jets Bring Jason Taylor Back?

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.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports