Who can blame Taylor? He chooses Pats over Bills

February, 27, 2009
2/27/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

  Taylor

Adam Schefter of NFL.com reports running back Fred Taylor has reached contract terms with the New England Patriots.

Taylor visited the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday and the Patriots on Wednesday. When choosing between those two organizations it's a pretty easy decision to make.

While Taylor has familiarity with Bills head coach Dick Jauron and defensive tackle Marcus Stroud from time spent together with the Jacksonville Jaguars, that kind of lobbying can go only so far.

Taylor turned 33 in January and would like to win a championship ring. The Bills haven't reached the playoffs since 1999 and have gone 7-9 three straight seasons. The Patriots win Super Bowls.

Taylor has been knocked throughout his career as being injury-prone. But Taylor played in 100 of Jacksonville's last 112 games, and he won't have to carry the whole load in New England.

He will join a backfield that includes Laurence Maroney, Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was dissatisfied with the same crew last year and brought in LaMont Jordan before the start of 2008.

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