Jags Release Taylor, Declare Jones-Drew Feature Back

Auguste ArcherCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2009

Early Monday morning the Jaguars met with running back Fred Taylor and discussed his options with the team, retire or be released.

Taylor chose to be released.

After a dismal 2008 campaign, rushing for 556 yards and only a single touchdown, Taylor is no longer the player the Jags feel they need him to be.

Maurice Jones-Drew, however, appears to be exactly that player. Jones-Drew led the team in rushing with 824 and an impressive 12 touchdowns, and is expected to now take over the bulk of the carries.

Fullback Greg Jones, who has always been a good runner (he played halfback exclusively in college), will probably see an increased workload as well, stepping into a role where he will be sharing carries with Jones-Drew.

The Jags were going to owe Taylor a grand total of about $6 million in salary and bonuses this season, but the decision was made to give Taylor the opportunity for a fresh start by releasing him now and giving any team that might be interested plenty of time to work with him.

Taylor leaves Jacksonville ranked 16th on the all time NFL rushing list with 11,271 yards.

On a slightly sentimental note, as a long time Jags fan I've always been able to depend on Freddy T to deliver no matter what the situation, and he will be sorely missed in Jacksonville just like any fan favorite would be. Here's hoping he finds a new home where he will be able to end his career in style.