Jaguars Show Fred Taylor The Door

Fred Taylor, the longtime running back of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was released Monday ending his 11-year tenure with the team. Taylor was drafted 9th overall in 1998 by Jacksonville and hoped to end his career there. The last couple years he has shared running duties with Maurice Jones-Drew and both have been successful. Last year he was injured and finished with only 556 yards rushing and a career-low 3.9 yards per carry average. Both he and the team realized that Jones-Drew offered the best future for the team and it was time to move on.

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio offered some encouraging words for other teams that may be interested in Taylor's services, "You don't turn 33 without losing a step, but he's clearly worked hard. He's worked hard to allow himself to play at a high level. To hold off youngsters, you've got to do that, and he's worked his tail off to have that be the case." Taylor ranks 16th on the all-time rushing list with 11,271 yards.


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