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Making the case for Jets to acquire Tyrod Taylor via free agency

By Luis Tirado Jr.
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are in the market for a quarterback and if Tyrod Taylor hits free agency, they should make a serious run to acquire him if other options fall through.

Yes, we all know what the New York Jets truly want this offseason. They’d love to land a top free agent quarterback that can come right in and take care of business. Ideally, it would be a perfect scenario if the Jets were able to land Kirk Cousins via free agency. But, as always, nothing is guaranteed as for all fans know, he could head to another team that has a better situation towards winning a championship sooner rather than later.

If the Jets miss out on Cousins, they’ll have other options to consider from re-signing Josh McCown, Case Keenum, or pulling off a big trade for Nick Foles. Either way, it would be wise for the Jets to have a new quarterback or two in place for next season. Another potential free agent that would be worth looking into could be quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

He’s had a bumpy road over the past seven years in his career, with time spent with both the Baltimore Ravens and Bills. He’s a dynamic quarterback that can cause some serious damage through the air with his solid arm strength or through the ground with his speed. Besides adding a bit more intensity to the Jets/Bills rivalry, he would be an upgrade at quarterback compared to everything they’d had over the past few years.

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Taylor is a smart quarterback and does a great job at extending plays, which would be a nice dimension to have on offense. Last season with the Bills, Taylor totaled 2,799 passing yards, 263 completions, 14 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. On the ground, Taylor totaled 427 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns.

Clearly, Taylor would energize the Jets offense with his ability to do whatever it takes to end key drives with a touchdown. The Bills might cut Taylor in a salary cap move to add more money to work with this offseason as they believe Nathan Peterman has more upside to get the job done at this point in time.

Overall, if Taylor hits the open market and the Jets miss out on the quarterbacks at the top of their wish list, he could be worth taking a risk on. He’s a very good quarterback and a natural born playmaker, something the Jets have been lacking at the most important position on the team for quite some time now.

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