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Taylor to sign one-day contract and retire with Jaguars

Running back Fred Taylor is retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons and nearly 12,000 yards.

Taylor will sign a one-day contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday so he can formally retire with the team that drafted him ninth overall in 1998.

"I'll attend @FredTaylorMade's retirement tomorrow," Jags kicker Josh Scobee posted on Twitter. "One of my favorite teammates ever & a great man! We love you Freddy T!"

The former Florida star spent 11 seasons in Jacksonville and remains the franchise's leading rusher with 11,271 yards. He ranks third with 286 catches and fourth with 2,361 receiving yards.

The Jaguars released Taylor after the 2008 season. He signed with New England, where he played sparingly the last two seasons. He ran 106 times for 424 yards and four touchdowns with the Patriots.

Although Taylor ran for 1,223 yards and 14 touchdowns as a rookie, he made his only Pro Bowl in 2007.

At the end of the last season, Taylor pondered an end to his career.

"I love playing, and everyone says, 'You got two more years in you,' " Taylor told The Florida-Times Union in March. "But I don't want those two years to max me out and then I don't have anything left for my kids. I want to be active in their life, not just showing up to school events. I want to be able to run around with them, tackle them."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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