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Taylor joining Patriots as free agent

Updated: February 27, 2009, 6:06 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The New England Patriots addressed their need for depth at running back on Thursday evening, reaching an agreement in principle with free agent Fred Taylor.

Taylor, an 11-year veteran, was released by Jacksonville last week for salary cap reasons, after playing his entire career with the Jaguars. The 33-year-old was scheduled to earn a base salary of $6 million in 2009 and was also due a $1 million bonus in coming weeks.

Taylor agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract that ...

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