Veteran running back Fred Taylor was supposed to make six million dollars in 2009- 2010 and, he had hoped, finish his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. It looks like neither of those things will happen as the Jags have cut their all-time leading rusher.
Taylor, who was released on Monday, has been with the club for 11 seasons, rushing for a total of 11,271 yards. Taylor’s goal is to retire once he breaks Jim Brown’s rushing total of 12,312 yards.
This season, Taylor was second on the team’s depth chart behind Maurice Jones-Drew. And although cutting him makes some sense, it can also be seen as an odd move since Taylor is a team captain and a major leader on the club. Additionally, the team let go some vets before the 2008- 2009 season and brought in some expensive free agents, which altered the club chemistry, creating various issues.
The free agents who they brought in were Jerry Porter and Drayton Florence, both of whom were released at the end of this season. The Jags also let go defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson, personnel chief James “Shack” Harris and various assistants.
This past season, Taylor ended up with just 556 yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Those were both career-lows. The running back spent the last three games on injured reserve. Taylor is 33 years old.
Coach Jack Del Rio has said that he’s sure there will be interest in the veteran back from other teams.