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N.Y. Jets meet again with linebacker Taylor

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By The Associated Press
Friday, April 9, 2010
 

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jason Taylor is dancing with the enemy.

The free agent linebacker and six-time Pro Bowl pick with the Miami Dolphins met with the New York Jets for a second straight day Thursday as coach Rex Ryan tried to add the NFL's active sacks leader to last season's top-ranked defense.

"Hopefully we can bring him along for the ride," linebacker Calvin Pace said. "I think it would be a great situation for him."

The 35-year-old Taylor, who visited with his wife, Katina, headed home to Weston, Fla., without a deal in place, according to Jets spokesman Bruce Speight. Taylor will take the weekend at the earliest before deciding on whether to sign with New York.

The former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant — he finished runner-up to Kristi Yamaguchi in 2008 — has expressed a desire to remain with the Dolphins, where he has spent 12 of his 13 NFL seasons. Miami general manager Jeff Ireland said the team will wait until after the draft before deciding whether to make an offer, but Taylor's visit with the Jets raises the possibility he might make a decision before then.

"I'm not going to air our business through the media," Ireland said of Taylor and his agent, Gary Wichard. "They know exactly our stance. ... We have to evaluate things after the draft. That's where we're at."

While his best days are clearly behind him, Taylor still has plenty left. He had seven sacks, an interception, three forced fumbles and a fumble return for a touchdown last season.

McNabb impressive

Donovan McNabb is impressing his new teammates.

As Chris Cooley was talking Thursday about how easily McNabb was fitting in during his first week with the Washington Redskins, the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback was making his tight end's point by looking in command as he threw to his new targets on an adjacent field.

McNabb was acquired from the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles for two draft picks April 4.

Receiver Malcolm Kelly agrees that McNabb, who started five NFC championship games and a Super Bowl during his 11 years with the Eagles, is already having an effect on the Redskins, who were 4-12 in 2009.

Stadium to open

When Mark Lamping talked about a truly soft opening of the New Meadowlands Stadium, the chief executive of the $1.6 billion home for the Giants and Jets wasn't kidding.

Fans showing up for a college lacrosse tripleheader Saturday will see that the concourse around the stadium isn't complete, the access roads leading into the 82,500-seat facility aren't finished, and there's work to be done on some of the concourses and the concession areas in the upper levels.

And the 4,000 or so people who work at the stadium and have undergone 16 hours of training are going to be working their first game.

Two sign

Defensive end Jason Hatcher and nose tackle Junior Siavii have signed their tender offers with the Dallas Cowboys.

Hatcher was a third-round draft choice in 2006, taken 92nd overall. In 62 regular-season games, he has 113 tackles, 6.5 sacks, five tackles for a loss and 58 pressures. He appeared in all 16 games last season as part of the defensive line rotation, making 29 tackles.

Siavii was a second-round pick by Kansas City in 2004, the 36th overall choice. He appeared in 16 games last season, his first with Dallas, making 29 tackles. He's appeared in 42 games in his NFL career, with 56 tackles.

Browns sign OL

The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent offensive lineman Eric Ghiaciuc (Guy-check).

Ghiaciuc spent four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, who signed him in 2005. He made 42 starts at center for the Bengals, including all 16 games in 2008. He went to training camp with Kansas City last season but was released and spent time on San Diego's 53-man roster.

Ghiaciuc, 28, will likely serve as a backup center and guard for the Browns.

 

 
 


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