Two reports over the last 12-14 hours indicate that a pairing between Fred Taylor and the Patriots is imminent.
Shalise Manza Young of the Providence Journal was first with the news that the Patriots had offered Taylor a contract and that Taylor was likely to sign with New England.
Adam Schefter of NFL.com has followed up with a report that Taylor plans to sign with New England.
The Boston Globe can confirm that the sides are moving closer to finalizing a deal.
The 33-year-old Taylor enters his 12th NFL season in 2009. He has spent his entire career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, rushing for 11,271 yards and 62 touchdowns, and previously said that he plans to retire as a member of the franchise when his playing days are over.
Taylor, who hopes to play another 2-3 years, was released by the Jaguars earlier this month. Taylor's release appeared to be based on salary cap considerations and the Jaguars adopting a more youthful approach.