What Should the Chicago Bears do with Chester Taylor…

Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo was very pointed in his comments on a local Chicago radio show earlier this week in regards to tailback Chester Taylor. He felt that Taylor, despite his poor statistics helped Matt Forte be successful last season.

I’ve always been a Taylor fan. He’s a tough back that not only can run for difficult yards, but blocks and catches passes out of the backfield. Despite all the Madden and fantasy people that love Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson, Taylor was used more in the Red Zone when he was a Viking. Even with the Chicago Bears, Taylor was frequently used in the Red Zone.

But, Taylor makes a lot of money and Marion Barber has burst on the scene as a backup to Forte. Kahlil Bell is considered valuable on Special Teams which Taylor isn’t a contributor. It’s a numbers game and I just can’t see any justification to keep Taylor as the third tailback.

This was a move that seemed so perfect at the time but just didn’t quite click.

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  • John

    Totally agree, I believe that the bears got talyor in the thoughtbthat he would be a change of pace back much in the way his role was in Minnesota. Also he is an veteran that could push forte to another level and give him a few plays of rest while not losing production on the field. However thats not how it played out, instead Chester is is the exact same back as forte but I think Matt has that burst that Chester may not anymore. Still Chester is still a solid second option, just not with the bears. The addition of Barber the bears run game is going to look different this year. Marion is a power rusher that will have to be game planned for by opposing teams while Chester simply wasn’t. I believe that Barber is the best pick-up the bears made this offseason. I hope Taylor isn’t pushed to third string, I would rather see him traded to a team in need for a pick or a player. I would prefer a player because shouldn’t be building for the future we should be building to win right now. Considering last years finish and this years schedule we are so close and a upgraded position may put us over the top. Then, give that money to forte and stop messin around

  • John

    Since the cardinals seem to giving the house away maybe we could trade Chester there for Levi Brown, Lyle Sendlien, or Darren Colliege. They are in dire need of a running back since Ryan Williams went down and considering what the gave up for Kolb it would surprise me if they even thru in a draft pick. Wishful thinking huh… But JA wouldn’t pull the trigger on that trade because he can’t even seem to give a new contract to our running back the money he deserves and he brought in a WR that thinks he will get in football shape in preseason.

    • Jonathan Carroll

      I think it Forte will get a new deal. I also think that Taylor will be released. No team is going to pay him that kind of money. This whole Roy Williams thing has a bad flavor to it. I’m still holding onto hope, but I’m frustrated that he’s so out of shape. Perhaps he should be playing the whole game