In a recent Q&A with The Florida Times Union’s Jaguars beat writer Tania Ganguli, veteran running back Fred Taylor noted that he was informed that the gap between NFL clubs and players to get a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was not large.
“My agent Drew Rosenhaus, he texts us every single day,” said Taylor, who has played 13 NFL seasons at running back. “He doesn’t miss a beat. I’ve been looking at it some. I think it’ll be football pretty soon. I think it’ll be over with. I definitely think it’ll be business as usual in another month or so. I think it’ll be over with. I don’t see why it shouldn’t.
“You go from the owners wanting a billion dollars of our share, now couple weeks ago I heard it was something down to they were about 180-something million apart? That’s just a wash, going from a billion to a 180-something million,” Taylor continued. “If you can’t find a way to close that gap, then you don’t need football. But on the outside looking in, not really inside seeing what real negotiations are, I think there’s a possibility that it should be football pretty soon.”
Taylor played his first 11 NFL seasons with Jacksonville before spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the New England Patriots. A first-round draft choice in 1998, Taylor ranks 15th in NFL history with 11,695 rushing yards and posted seven 1,000-yard seasons. He holds numerous Jaguars club records including those for rushing yards and total touchdowns.
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