Tag:Chester Taylor
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:26 pm

Taylor: Old and slow and you must go

Chester Taylor's release by the Chicago Bears Saturday shouldn't be a surprise.

His signing last year should have been.

The Bears violated the basic rule of free agency: Never spend on an older back.

When the Bears gave Taylor a four-year, $12.5-million deal, they did so even though he was turning 30 and was on the downside of his career.

Taylor responded by averaging 2.4 per rush last season, the lowest of his career. The Bears went with younger players this season, which is why Taylor is being shown the door.

When Minnesota signed Taylor away from Baltimore as a free agent he was 25 and they gave him a four-year, $14.4 million deal. That paid of. That made sense. He was the right age. He produced.

You can always find young backs. The Bears finally wised up and realizes their mistake on Taylor Saturday.

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 5, 2010 2:56 pm

Taylor to Bears

The Chicago Bears have added running back Chester Taylor to their offense, which will put him in direct competition with Matt Forte for playing time.

A league source confirmed that Taylor had agreed to terms with the Bears Friday. The deal is a four-year contract for $12.5 million with $7 million guaranteed.

Taylor is entering his ninth season and turns 31 this September, which makes his deal a nice one for a back his age.

Taylor backed up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota last season, rushing for 338 yards and catching 44 passes. He is regarded as one of the better third-down backs in the league.

With new Bears coordinator Mike Martz a big proponent of throwing the football, Taylor will be a valuable addition, joining Forte as two good pass-catching backs.


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