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Fred Taylor

Fred Taylor visited the Bills today, which raises a number of interesting questions. As in, why would Taylor want to play in Buffalo? He said his main goal is winning a Super Bowl ring. The Patriots are also reported to be interested in his services. Seems like a pretty clear choice to me.

And why would the Bills be interested in Taylor? Evidently, they're trying to keep their options open because of Marshawn Lynch's latest arrest. But the Bills have Lynch and Fred Jackson, one of the most potent one-two punches in the NFL. Lynch isn't likely to be suspended by the NFL for more than two games. So if they sign Taylor, they'll have three proven running backs competing for touches. It doesn't make sense for either side.

The only way Taylor makes sense for the Bills is if they trade Lynch. That's possible, but the Bills have $10 million in guaranteed money invested in Lynch. It would be a major setback to give up on him at this time. They're not likely to get a lot back at this point, and they need to win this year. My guess is they support Lynch in his troubles, give him a stern talking-to in private, and get at least one more productive year out of him after he serves whatever discipline the league has in store.

So it seems to me the Bills are merely keeping their options open with Taylor. He might wind up in the AFC East next fall -- but it's more likely to be with New England.

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