RB Fred Taylor wanted to stay in Jacksonville. He even offered to take less money to do so. But in the end, the Jaguars had their plan, and it didn’t include Taylor, he told the Florida Times-Union.
- Taylor and his agent Drew Rosenhaus countered with a plan for a restructured deal calling for the running back to take less money for an opportunity to stay in Jacksonville. But the organization wanted to move forward with rising fourth-year man Maurice Jones-Drew, who led the team last season with 824 yards and 12 touchdowns.
- Taylor, 33, was scheduled to make $6 million next season in base salary.
- “We offered to take a pay cut, but their decision was made,” Taylor said. “They wanted to go young was their reply.”
In going young, the Jaguars lose an 11-year veteran who has rushed for 11,271 yards and 62 touchdowns in his career. Taylor also told the Times-Union that he doesn’t plan to retire and believes he still can be a starter in the NFL.