A league source confirms for us that the Jacksonville Jaguars will be releasing on Monday veteran running back Fred Taylor.
We chased this one after receiving a tip via e-mail from a reader who said our friends at 1010XL in Jacksonville are reporting that the team will announce the move later today at a press conference.
Taylor, a first-round pick of the Jags in 1998, was due to receive a base salary of $5 million in 2009, and $6 million in 2010.
Taylor has rushed for 11,271 yards on 264 2,428 carries, good for an average of 4.6 yards.
He instantly becomes an unrestricted free agent, and he can sign with any team.
UPDATE:  Per Michael C. Wright of the Florida Times-Union, the Jags made the move in order to get younger at the tailback position.  The announcement will come at a 1:30 p.m. EST press event.


  1. Kansas City will pick him up. With LJ moving on, we could use an older power back to complement Kolby Smith and Jamaal Charles.

  2. “Don’t hurt your arms carrying your bags out fragile fred.”
    Taylor missed 24 games his first 4 years in the league earning the nickname “Fragile Fred”.
    But he has played in all but 12 games the past 7 seasons (that’s 100 out of 112 possible games). Doesn’t sound too fragile to me anymore.
    Give the guy a break.

  3. He still has juice in his legs. The O-line this season was pathetic. He was breaking tackles three yards behind the line of scrimmage on more than half his runs. If he goes somewhere with a line that can make holes, he can be a steal.

  4. That’s a tough break for Fred. He’s got a year or two left in those legs. As a Niner fan, I’d take him in a heartbeat to split time with Gore.

  5. Expected for two equal reasons:
    1) The cap thang.
    2) While Taylor’s still probably okay for a committee arrangement (like the Pats used so successfully last year), MJD needs a higher-octane dance partner.
    I think Taylor lands on his feet someplace like Cinci or Cleveland or even New England (replacing LaMont Jordan, perhaps).

  6. I get that it’s the NFL and this happens, but I can’t help but be a bit saddened by this news. Bummer…

  7. Not a fan of this move at all. Lets see Edge and Freddy T combine on a team with no run game and show the rest of the league they still have it

  8. He may be back, they just didn’t think he was worth $6M this year…
    Hopefully he’ll restructure after he tests the market. He’ll end up on the wall one was or another.

  9. It’s okay Freddie, screw Jacksonville, why don’t you come to Nashville and get some revenge while winning a super bowl, we’ll ship Lenwhale White to whoever can afford to feed him and bring you in to team up with

  10. Fred deserves to go somewhere he can get a ring. The man is a true class act. I think I’m going to weep now. We love you Fred!

  11. Taylor is definitely a class act and will find a home somewhere (Indy, Texas, NE????) He would make a good 2nd back – 10-15 carries a game.

  12. We knew the day would come when we’d say goodbye to Freddy T, but I always had hoped it would be on his own terms. This guy, even more than Jimmy Smith, was Mr. Jaguar.
    I will never, ever, ever forget the 77 yard touchdown against Miami on Monday night in 1998 (Oct 12).

  13. That 77 yarder was the first play from scrimmage. How about the the 90 yarder against Miami in the 1999 divisional play-offs.

  14. Come on over to the Patriots Fo sho Freddy, we WILL get you a ring this year caus’ Tommy the QB is coming back to play! YIPPEE!!!

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