With the NFL’s free agency period just around the corner waiting to start. Actually it’s this coming Friday when it kicks off. The rumors will start to run rampart! As if they haven’t done that already. With a shortage of deceit, good and proven running backs on the open market this year. The pickings are going to be slim, really slim.
The first major rumor has the fans of the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills listening very closely. What is it? It’s that Fred Taylor formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars will be paying a visit to each club. He has a visit with the Bills on Tuesday and the Patriots on Wednesday already scheduled. Could Taylor have a new home as early as Friday?
He just might if he’s impressed with what he sees and hears from either team. But I’d have to say that it’s doubtful he’d sign that quickly. Something tells me that he might want to test the waters, and see what’s out there. Or just which team will give him the most playing time. LOL, I know that’s funny it should actually read which team will give him the most MONEY!
After having spent his entire eleven year career all with the Jaguars. Taylor will be looking to find a new home this upcoming season. What could possibly help him decide that new home. It could very easily come down to where and who gives him the best chance at a “ring”. Please I mean no disrespect to the fans in Buffalo. But I’m sorry I personally don’t see that happening anytime soon with the Bills.
If that is indeed the case, then he’s better off heading to New England. And he just might be a much better fit with the Patriots. Since he wouldn’t have to be the main man so to speak. The Patriots have backups Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis all returning next year. So the pressure on Taylor, to perform and be the best he’s ever been is tossed out the window.
He could easily adjust to that role, as he did back in 2006. When the Jaguars brought in the younger and speedier Maurice Jones-Drew. Taylor went from the main “go to guy” to being the “second option at times” type of guy. Which isn’t always a bad thing. Plus with the Patriots they have Laurence Maroney as their feature starting running back. Hm-mm, please allow me to rephrase that last part.
Yes the Pats, have Maroney but that’s only for a few plays each season. Then another injury always seems to pops up. Which then leaves him sidelined and useless for the remainder of the year. So maybe that should factor into Taylor’s logically thinking. He’s listed behind Maroney on the depth charts, that means only one thing. Sooner or later he’ll be starting for the team.
No matter who or where Taylor decides to play for next season. He needs to remember one very important thing. Lean in and now listen closely Fred Taylor. YOU’RE NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER OR FASTER FRED! So choose wisely and make the most of out what could possibly be your last stop in the NFL. Go with a contender whoever it is and forget about making the most bucks.
Tags: 2009 NFL Free Agents BenJarvus Green-Ellis Buffalo Bills Fred Taylor Jacksonville Jaguars Kevin Faulk Laurence Maroney Maurice Jones-Drew New England Patriots NFL Free Agency NFL Free Agency Period Sammy Morris