Fred Taylor Expected to Sign with Patriots

Well, it looks like Fred Taylor might just be a Patriot.  Shalise Manza Young of the Providence Journal reports:

After visiting both the Patriots and Bills over the past few days, it is believed that free agent running back Fred Taylor will sign with New England.

Both teams made contract offers to the 11-year veteran, but the Patriots’ recent run of success may have tipped the balance for Taylor, who has seen two players close to him — cousin Santonio Holmes with the Steelers and friend Plaxico Burress with the Giants — win Super Bowl rings, something Taylor hasn’t had a chance to come close to achieving yet.

Team is also very important to Taylor, who offered to take a pay cut in order to stay with Jacksonville, but the Jaguars told him they wanted to get younger at the position when they released him last week.

This is certainly good news, and very big news.  However, I’m going to hold off on my usual 500 words of analysis until I get some confirmation on the report.

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