Taylor is the answer

Too many questions surround the Green Bay's defensive line, so Packer Report's Todd Korth explains why acquiring Jason Taylor in a trade can be just what the doctor ordered for the Packers.

Why should the Green Bay Packers do all they can to make a deal for Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor? Here's why:

-- Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila is coming off knee surgery and has a high salary;

-- Justin Harrell is coming off back surgery and is unproven;

-- Johnny Jolly is coming off shoulder surgery but hasn't practiced since last November;

-- Cullen Jenkins has been practicing but struggled as a starting defensive end last season;

-- Jeremy Thompson is as green as the Lambeau Field grass in the summer;

-- Defensive coordinator Bob Sanders has coached Taylor as an assistant on Miami's staff;

-- Corey Williams is gone to Cleveland.

There has been a ton of concern revolving around the Packers' defensive line this week during the team's minicamp and with good reason. Though the season is two-and-a-half months away, the line is ill-prepared and hasn't given Packers fans any reason to think it will get to Tarvaris Jackson in the opener on Sept. 8. For that matter, Jon Kitna the next week or Tony Romo thereafter.

So news of Green Bay's interest in Taylor, the veteran Pro Bowl end, is refreshing. Taylor has the ability to drastically reduce the Packers' uncertain situation along the defensive front. The fact that Taylor reportedly only wants to play for another season works in Green Bay's favor as well. It buys the Packers time to develop players like Thompson and Harrell. At the same time, the Packers can use Jenkins inside where he seems to thrive more while Taylor uses his newfound dancing moves to put the heat and/or sack opposing quarterbacks.

Taylor and the Packers can make for a perfect one-year stand. It will be costly. General manager Ted Thompson probably will have to part with a high draft pick and pay Taylor a Miami-size yacht full of money, but the deal can be benificial for both the Dolphins and Packers.

The time is right for the Packers to make a move and acquire Taylor. It sure seems that the Packers are concerned about the defensive line situation as much as the media is, so it appears that a deal may go down, as reports out of Wisconsin have indicated. That's a good thing for the Packers.


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