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.