According to CSN Chicago, RB Chester Taylor is likely to be released sometime soon. The 32 year old running back, appeared in all 16 games, carrying the ball 112 times for 267 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 20 catches for 139 yards.
An average of 2.4 ypc by Taylor just isn’t acceptable. He signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract last March, the Bears paid him $7 million this season. Taylor’s base salary for next season will be $1.275 million if the Bears decided to hang on to him.
Taylor was productive in his four seasons in Minnesota, but the Bears didn’t utilize him correctly during the season.
Keeping Taylor might be a good idea considering no one the Bears have right now is really any better. But do the Bears want to pay Taylor over $1 million next season.
The Bears drafted Harvey Unga in the 7th round out of BYU in the Supplemental Draft last season. He missed the entire season with a hamstring injury. Unga could steal some goal-line carries next season and could fill in at FB if needed. Taylor didn’t show Bears fans and coaches many reasons for him to stick around.
Kahlil Bell and Garrett Wolfe are other options behind Matt Forte if the Bears decide to stay put at running back. We’ll see what the Bears do soon with RB Chester Taylor, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they let him go.
I would like the Bears to give him another shot mainly because I would like to see the Bears use two backs on the same field at the same time. Taylor and Forte at the same time on the field was a good idea last year but the Bears just didn’t utilize it. Why not give it a real shot next season?
ESPNchicago.com is reporting that a league source said the running back is expected to remain a Bear. So, who should we listen to? CSN Chicago or ESPN, only time will tell.
All I know is, Chester Taylor underperformed this season and he will have to show a lot if he wants to stick around for another season in Chicago.
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