Former Jaguars RB Fred Taylor will be visiting both the Patriots and Bills this week, the Providence Journal reported.
Taylor, an 11-year veteran and the leading rusher in Jaguars history with 11,271 yards, was released earlier this week in a cost-cutting move by Jacksonville.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars released all-time leading rusher Fred Taylor earlier this week in a salary-cap move, and it looks right now as if the veteran could be headed for the AFC East.
- Both the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills are the top landing spots for Taylor, and he is expected to visit both teams this week.
Taylor started 13 games for the Jaguars in 2008 and rushed for 556 yards on 143 carries with just one touchdown. He tallied 62 career rushing touchdowns along with eight receiving touchdowns. He burst onto the scene as a rookie in 1998 with 1,223 rushing yards and 17 total touchdowns. He turned in seven 1,000-yard seasons in Jacksonville, scoring six or more touchdowns in a season six times.
But Taylor, who turned 33 last month, was due to make $6 million next season. Taylor said he offered to take a pay cut, but that the Jaguars had made the decision “to go young.”
The Patriots are apparently looking to add to a crowded backfield that already includes Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, LaMont Jordan and Laurence Maroney. Four of the five backs started for the Patriots last season, with Morris getting the most starts (seven) and rushing for the most yards (727).
The Bills are likely looking for a back to complement Marshawn Lynch, who rushed for 1,036 yards last season.