Back in March, we wrote this about some Jason Taylor-to-the-Packers rumors:
“Rumor #3) Jason Taylor. Now he’s a guy I wouldn’t mind picking up. We could move Jenkins inside (or bench him in favor of Jolly) with Pickett. Having Kampman and Taylor on the ends could be a fairly disruptive duo. He also would add a respected veteran presence which I am beginning to feel like the Packers need.”
I still believe this would be a good move. From what I’ve heard, the Dolphins are not trading him just yet because they’ve only been offered 4th round picks for him. While I would be reluctant to offer anything higher given he’ll only play 1 year, 2 max, I would think offering a 4th round pick and throwing in a marginal player (Noah Herron, Ruvell Martin, Jarrett Bush, Tyrone Culver, KGB or Michael Montgomery as examples) might suffice. At some point too, it will become foolish of the Dolphins to not accept some kind of offer if the alternative is essentially forcing his retirement.
Sure, Taylor may not be the player he once was and having dancing-related obligations as an excuse for missing camps (though again, they were voluntary camps) is definitely a concern. Still, he is 2 years removed from NFL Defensive Player of the Year and lining up opposite Kampman couldn’t possibly result in a poor Packer pass rush. Besides, I really think with Favre gone, some savvy veteran leadership could help keep this team going in a positive direction.
UPDATE: I’m with Andy on this one. I was not in favor of trading anything significant to get Taylor before the draft. Given the events of the past two weeks in Miami, it’s fair to conclude that the Dolphins want him out and quickly. His value has to have gone down considerably since the draft, if only because the other teams thought to be most interested (the Jaguars, et. al) did not pull the trigger. If we could get him for a third rounder and change, I’d be all for it.
On the KGB question (see comments), I think he’s well past his prime. I don’t think we lose much by getting rid of him, even I like him as a character guy.