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Taylor signs new contract

The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed running back Fred Taylor to a four-year contract extension that will run through the 2007 season.

Taylor, a first-round draft choice in 1998, is the team's all-time leading rusher with 4,784 yards, including three 1,000-yard seasons. He holds 23 of the team's 26 rushing records, as well as eight other team records. Taylor has scored 45 career touchdowns, including a team-record 17 as a rookie in 1998.

In 2002, Taylor started all 16 games for the first time in his career and rushed for 1,314 yards, while catching a career-high 49 passes for 408 yards. He scored eight touchdowns and had two two-point conversions.

He enters his sixth season with the team and is tied for fourth in longevity with Donovin Darius behind Mark Brunell (9), Jimmy Smith (9) and Tony Brackens (8).

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