After spending 11 seasons in Jacksonville without a Super Bowl title, RB Fred Taylor likely will choose the New England Patriots over the Buffalo Bills in pursuit of a ring, the Providence Journal reports:
- Both teams made contract offers to the 11-year veteran, but the Patriots’ recent run of success may have tipped the balance for Taylor, who has seen two players close to him — cousin Santonio Holmes with the Steelers and friend Plaxico Burress with the Giants — win Super Bowl rings, something Taylor hasn’t had a chance to come close to achieving yet.
Taylor was released by the Jaguars last week because the team wanted to go younger at running back. The closest Taylor came to the Super Bowl was in the 1999 season, when the Jaguars played in the AFC Championship Game and lost to the Tennessee Titans. That was Taylor’s second NFL season.