Taylor Pricing Himself Out Of Jacksonville

Fred Taylor is right back to where he was last season. He wants a new contract. Last year, the Jaguars wouldn't give him one when he had two years left on his old deal. Now he has one year left, and he thinks he's earned an extension.

Taylor, who is under contract for the 2007 season at a $2.55 million base salary, said Thursday he wants a contract extension in the $5 million range.

Although $5 million is the average salary for the 10 highest-paid running backs, the Jaguars haven't indicated if they plan to negotiate with Taylor. His injury history may make them leery of making a big investment in him.

Taylor, 30, feels his comeback from knee and ankle injuries that limited him to 11 games last year to becoming a Pro Bowl alternate this year should earn him a new deal.

But Taylor was limited to two carries the last 2 1/2 games with a hamstring injury, although he said it wasn't a major injury and added that he's set to play against the Chiefs.

"My thing is to finish strong so there won't be any question marks out there," he said.

Noting the Jaguars have given new deals to other players with a year left on their contracts, he said, "Why not me? I think I'm a high enough caliber player so I should be treated the same way."

Taylor said he wouldn't be happy if the Jaguars want him to play out the final season of his contract.

As a last resort if he doesn't get a new deal, he said, "I'd ask to be traded or something. I don't think I want to try and play that out."


--RB Fred Taylor practiced for the second consecutive day Thursday and says he'll be ready to play against the Chiefs. He's probable with a hamstring injury that limited him to two carries the past 2 1/2 games.
--RB Maurice Drew, who's probable with a knee injury, practiced Thursday and should be ready to play. He needs 105 yards to reach 1,000 yards.
--CB Ahmad Carroll was put on the injury list as probable with an undisclosed illness. He didn't practice Thursday.
--CB Rashean Mathis was taken off the injury list after he recovered from an undisclosed illness. He practiced Thursday.
--DT Marcus Stroud, who's probable with an ankle injury, didn't practice Thursday, but he's been taking a day off every week.

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