The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran RB Fred Taylor. Taylor, who was going to make $6 Million this season, is cut shortly following the releases of teammates Jerry Porter and Drayton Florence.
Taylor was Jacksonville’s 1st round pick out of Florida University in the 1998 NFL Draft, taken ahead of players like Takeo Spikes, Alan Faneca, and Randy Moss. He has spent his entire career in Jacksonville, but will now most likely seek to join another NFL team before he retires.
Taylor followed his 2007 season in which he made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, running for 1202 yards and 5 TD with a mediocre season. In 2008, Taylor really took a backseat to young star Maurice Jones-Drew. Taylor ran for just 556 yards in ’08, which not including his 2001 season where he only played 2 games, is a career-low. He also only reached the endzone once. While Jones-Drew didn’t exactly run laps around him yardage-wise, with only 824 of his own rushing yards, he did have 12 TD to Taylor’s 1.
As well as being the team’s all-time leader in rushing yards, he is also 16th on the NFL’s all-time rushing yards list, with 11,271 career yards. Perhaps once of the greatest Jaguars of all-time, it seems Taylor will finally say goodbye to Jacksonville after 11 seasons there. Taylor recently turned 33 years old heading into his 12th NFL season, and his 1st without a Jaguar uniform.