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Patriots make Taylor signing official

Posted by Mike Reiss, Globe Staff February 27, 2009 05:25 PM

The Patriots formally announced the signing of free-agent RB Fred Taylor today.

"I have tremendous respect for Fred Taylor, both as a person and as a player whose production is outstanding," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. "I look forward to working with Fred as he joins the rest of our running back group."

Taylor is scheduled to hold a 6 p.m. conference call with New England media members.

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21 comments so far...
  1. He's a great pickup.

    Posted by Nate February 27, 09 05:31 PM
  1. Gaffneys signed with Denver...

    Posted by GlasgowPat February 27, 09 05:36 PM
  1. How much does he have left in the tank? Well, we saw how much Sammy Morris had (has) left, so I'm excited about the signing. This is one of the premier backs of ALL TIME on the roster to fit in a role that was practically designed for him at this point in his career (a spot runner, 10-15 carries a game). Perfect.

    Posted by Rob February 27, 09 05:43 PM
  1. Good signing

    Posted by Mike February 27, 09 05:52 PM
  1. as a patriots fan i belive he is good enough to be out 2nd string running back for about 2 or 3 years and when moroney gets injured he will be a decent starter

    Posted by Patsdynasty21 February 27, 09 05:54 PM
  1. Maroney is not so great and sammy morris is deffinately not nearly as good as fred taylor so i think this is a great pick up and well worth it. We finally might have the running back we have always wanted

    Posted by Luke February 27, 09 06:15 PM
  1. ...I'm not too thrilled with it. This guy doesn't bring anything to the table that the Pats don't already have in Sammy Morris.

    Posted by R February 27, 09 06:16 PM
  1. ...does this mean no Lamont Jordan? I liked his pounding style.

    Posted by Imscott February 27, 09 06:27 PM
  1. I'm really excited about what they Pats are doing. Getting younger in the starting lineup and clearing cap space. I heard from someone that Ray Lewis is laying low in Florida for the weekend while the Pats move around the pieces and that behind the scenes he's flying in Sunday under the radar to sign. That with the other moves, the draft with the Cassel picks and Brady's return and they'll be unstoppable this year.

    Posted by LeoB February 27, 09 06:30 PM
  1. Good! Now we can cut Maroney. Seeya!

    Posted by theBostonBeanBag February 27, 09 06:41 PM
  1. I love it. It's a typical Patriot signing. You don't NEED that 25-carry, game-breaking RB to have a successful running game. Those players usually eat up a lot of precious salary cap space while RB-by-committee, which is becoming the new trend of the NFL (much to the chagrin of fantasy footballers everywhere), can get similar bottom-line results at a reduced cost. A combination of Taylor, Morris, Maroney, Faulk, and Green-Ellis is good enough, especially if Brady, Moss, and Welker do their thing.

    Posted by Mark February 27, 09 07:26 PM
  1. By you basically saying sammy morris is the same player as Fred Taylor then you probably have only seen Fred play like 2 times in your life. Or you know nothing about football. Even at 33 he will still make you say wow more then once every sunday.

    Posted by Tony Boselli February 27, 09 07:26 PM
  1. A lot of miles on Mr. Taylor, but he is the consumate professional that will have a positive impact on the offense, I'm sure the Patriots will use him properly and Fred will prosper in his last years in the NFL.

    Posted by warchild February 27, 09 07:35 PM
  1. I'd prefer to see Lamont Jordan signed & somebody else cut loose. It's still a good signing considering it seems like every back was on the DL at sometime last season.

    Posted by JT February 27, 09 07:42 PM
  1. Maroney is on his way out. .... We can only hope.

    Posted by BKS February 27, 09 07:53 PM
  1. Maroney is on his way out. .... We can only hope.

    Posted by BKS February 27, 09 07:53 PM
  1. This is by no means an attack at you JT but after reading numerous comments on here over the past week I have one question - what's with the LaMont Jordan love affair? What did he show us during his remarkable 80-carry season that made so many people think he's a must-keep?

    I'm not saying Jordan played poorly for the minimal action he saw but a lot of people who are against the Taylor signing would've rather seen the Patriots keep Jordan instead. Sure Taylor's old and has a long list of injuries but Jordan is only 2 years younger and hasn't exactly been an iron man himself.

    Taylor has more a lot more miles on his tires than Jordan, who has had ONE good season as a featured back (I understand he was behind Curtis Martin on depth chart for a portion of his career). If we agree that the Patriots are going with a backfield committee anyway, I'll take the more talented guy who has a much better resume.

    Posted by Mark February 27, 09 08:39 PM
  1. Living in Jacksonville, I have watched Fred Taylor for many years. He is a quality back, but he is injury prone and has never really played in the cold weather. He has piled up a lot of yards over a long career. Like the post above said, I'm not sure what he adds to the Patriots that they don't already have. I'm also not ready to give up on Maroney. He's had some bad luck. I think if he's healthy this year, he could be a real impact player. If he gets hurt again, he's done.

    Posted by garry February 27, 09 11:16 PM
  1. Garry, thank you. I think this isn't much of an addition ... I hope I'm proven wrong but there's real talent on teh depth chart at that position already. Methinks maybe Belichick's looking to spice up the competition. Remember John Lynch?

    Posted by Daniel in Denton, TX February 28, 09 12:11 AM
  1. whats up with these aging backs? maroney will prove all doubters wrong next season.

    Posted by chin-b February 28, 09 12:31 AM
  1. Don't understand this signing, I think right now Sammy Morris is better than Fred Taylor. Not sure what the Pats plan on doing with Maroney but I will say, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, (not sure if I spelled it right) showed a lot of potential last year. I like him and Sammy Morris to mix it up. Maroney is good, but hasn't been reliable, curious to see where the Pats are going with all this....

    Posted by Joel Murphy February 28, 09 02:56 AM
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