Jaguars running back Fred Taylor has signed a contract extension with the team. Length and terms of the extension are undisclosed. Taylor is entering his 10th season with the Jaguars in 2007. He started 15 games last season and led the team with 1,146 rushing yards on 231 carries with five touchdowns. It marked the seventh time in nine seasons Taylor led the Jaguars in rushing.
The Jaguars set a single-season franchise record for rushing yards in 2006 with 2,541 and Taylor and rookie Maurice Jones-Drew (166-941, 13 TDs) ranked second in the NFL among running back duos with 2,087 yards.
"It's long enough to retire a Jaguar and that is a good feeling, a very good feeling," said Taylor on his new contract extension. "I always wanted to finish my career in Jacksonville. It's rare that you see guys stick with one team. Just being in Jacksonville where I am able to enjoy those fans. The most impressive thing of all is that I get to retire in Jacksonville."
Taylor has rushed for six 1,000-seasons since being drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Florida with the ninth overall selection. He ranks 21st in NFL history with 9,513 rushing yards and fourth among active NFL running backs. He has started 108 of 112 career games in Jacksonville. He is the only 1,000-yard rusher in team history.
The 6-1, 226-pound running back has rushed 2,062 times for 9,513 yards and 56 touchdowns and has 42 career 100-yard rushing games. He also has 261 career receptions for 2,205 yards and eight touchdowns. His receptions rank third in team history and his receiving yards rank fourth.
The Alachua native joins safety Donovin Darius as the longest-tenured Jaguars on the team with both players drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Taylor ranks fifth in team history in games played and started. He has missed only eight games in his last five seasons.