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Report: Bears to release Chester Taylor

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John Mullin of Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports that the Bears plan to release backup running back Chester Taylor this offseason. The report points out that 2011 would be Taylor’s age-32 season, and “his arrow is definitely not pointing up.”

Taylor averaged 2.38 yards per carry during the 2010 regular season, a dreadful mark even if some of his rushing attempts were of the short-yardage variety. He exhibited very little burst between the tackles.

The Bears signed Taylor to a four-year, $12.5 million contract last March and have already paid him $7 million.

Taylor’s base salary in 2011 is scheduled to be $1.275 million.

G.M. Jerry Angelo can put that money toward an extension for 25-year-old feature back Matt Forte.

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17 Responses to “Report: Bears to release Chester Taylor”
  1. goldsteel says: Feb 7, 2011 9:43 PM

    Perhaps, that is good news for Chester Taylor. Chester Taylor is not a power back. He has excellent hands for check down passes out of the backfield and has good mobility. Mike Martz never figured out the best way to utilize Taylor anyway. Actually, the entire Bears offense was one of the most under whelming in the NFL this year.

  2. hobartbaker says: Feb 7, 2011 9:48 PM

    At 32, “Chester’s arrow is not pointing up.”?
    C’mon, if Brett Favre and Hugh Hefner can do it, you can Chet.

  3. biglebronski says: Feb 7, 2011 9:56 PM

    Chester, thanks for being a great representative of the University of Toledo and the MAC for so many years. Good luck catching on with another team, or in whatever endeavors you pursue.

  4. jhorton83 says: Feb 7, 2011 9:58 PM

    That’s a smart move. Chester Taylor is talented enough to be a starting running back on a lot of teams, but he clearly didn’t care last year and his performance reflected that. He got his payday and was just more than happy to mail it in every Sunday. Just really pathetic.

  5. chillyp says: Feb 7, 2011 10:15 PM

    Man, should have stayed with the Vikes..now you’ll be lucky to find a job as a third.

  6. echoplex89 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:38 PM

    he had a 2.4 avg.

    the lowest avg for a a running back with more than 100 carries since the merger.

    can you blame them?

  7. jarrman46 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:51 PM

    This is the 3rd team to say this guy isnt starting runningback material. He seems to play good when I see him play. There has to be some reason that teams keep letting him go. ????

  8. tecmobowl34 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:17 PM

    goldsteel says:
    Feb 7, 2011 9:43 PM
    Perhaps, that is good news for Chester Taylor. Chester Taylor is not a power back. He has excellent hands for check down passes out of the backfield and has good mobility. Mike Martz never figured out the best way to utilize Taylor anyway. Actually, the entire Bears offense was one of the most under whelming in the NFL this year.

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    when they were roundly picked to finish last in the division, laughed at all offseason and preseason as a joke, doubted by the entire NFL community all year and then finished the season in the NFC Championship game…

    But that offense still sucked, right? Gimme a break

  9. beerndonuts says: Feb 8, 2011 12:16 AM

    I don’t know what kind of veteran Chester Taylor is. I’m not sure if he brings a positive locker room influence or not. I can’t say whether 2010 was an anomaly or a deterioration of skills.

    But I do know that he went to the NFC Championship Game two years in a row, and it would appear that one year after the Vikings killed their albatross, the Bears are going to do the same.

    Next stop for Chet? A team that wants to go to the Championship Game at the end of the upcoming season.

  10. dino2997 says: Feb 8, 2011 12:40 AM

    goldsteel says:
    Feb 7, 2011 9:43 PM
    Perhaps, that is good news for Chester Taylor. Chester Taylor is not a power back. He has excellent hands for check down passes out of the backfield and has good mobility. Mike Martz never figured out the best way to utilize Taylor anyway. Actually, the entire Bears offense was one of the most under whelming in the NFL this year.

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    Funny..but Mike Martz figured out how to use Forte just fine. Forte had a 4.5 ypc rushing average and Taylor had a 2.4 ypc average. As for his excellent checkdown skills and mobility who would I rather have catching passes out of the backfield Forte or Taylor? Face it, Taylor just flat out sucked.

  11. truthserum4u says: Feb 8, 2011 12:57 AM

    The Bears are saying at his age the arrow isn’t pointing up? What, didn’t they know how old he was last year when they signed him to such a big contract?

  12. gooftroopers says: Feb 8, 2011 2:18 AM

    Thank you. The Vikings will be glad to take him back off your hands. That’s where he was most useful.

  13. hscorpio says: Feb 8, 2011 5:25 AM

    I could never figure out why they wanted Chester Taylor in the first place. They had a younger, more talented version of him on the roster already.

  14. jc1958coo says: Feb 8, 2011 8:27 AM

    jerry angelo is an idiot ! 7 mil for an average at best running back! maybe he got hurt like cutler, and just wanted to ride the PINE!!!!!!

  15. Rex Grossman says: Feb 8, 2011 3:37 PM

    At least they are admitting their mistake and moving on.

    Every time Taylor got the call this year it was a disaster. A waste of a play. It was like taking the snap and kneeling down for no reason. They will be a better team next year with him out of the lineup.

    It just shows how good Forte is though. He is definitely the team’s future. It would be insane not to give him what he wants.

  16. jebdamone says: Feb 8, 2011 5:42 PM

    i don’t know what the bears were thinking when they picked up CT and paid him so much money last year anyway. i love CT, but they did not give him nearly enough touches and did not use him properly at all when he did get reps. i would gladly welcome chester back to the vikings but his salary is far too bloated for a team to go after him before he clears waivers.

  17. jollyrob68 says: Feb 21, 2011 12:32 AM

    I think he’ll end up in Pittsburgh as a veteran 3rd down back. Sorry Mewelde Moore.

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