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Bears send mixed signals on Chester Taylor

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The Chester Taylor era may not be over in Chicago.  Then again, maybe it is.

Taylor’s agent, Ken Sarnoff, writes on Twitter that coach Lovie Smith told Taylor that he’ll be released.  Now, the Bears are telling Sarnoff that Taylor hasn’t been released.

With the roster at 80, the Bears don’t need to release Taylor, yet.  They can instead shop him to a team that may need a tailback, like the Cardinals.

Either way, it’s looking like two of the three big name players that the Bears signed on the first day of free agency in 2010 will soon be former members of the team, with Taylor poised to join Brandon Manumaleuna.

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29 Responses to “Bears send mixed signals on Chester Taylor”
  1. quiettexan says: Aug 29, 2011 2:28 PM

    how often do you see nfl teams trading for the guy everyone claims is going to be released?

  2. porkchopexpress1969 says: Aug 29, 2011 2:29 PM

    Typical Bear B.S.

  3. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Aug 29, 2011 2:30 PM

    Detroit should make a run at him…

  4. baned0n says: Aug 29, 2011 2:33 PM

    Doesn’t seem like a big mystery. They told him they’ll release him, but don’t have to till Saturday.

  5. lexnekst says: Aug 29, 2011 2:35 PM

    Chester Taylor is AVERAGE, at best.

  6. steelernationlolzatyouremptytrophycase6 says: Aug 29, 2011 2:36 PM

    The Bears’ management is a joke

  7. trbowman says: Aug 29, 2011 2:38 PM

    Pete Carroll – Chicago “is jerking” Taylor around.

  8. trbowman says: Aug 29, 2011 2:39 PM

    Any team that would trade anything for a 31 year old back coming off a sub 3.0 YPC season who is probably going to get cut, is stupid.

  9. tundey says: Aug 29, 2011 2:57 PM

    @trbowman: NE traded for Haynesworth and he was more of a bum last year than any other player.

  10. willysantos says: Aug 29, 2011 2:57 PM

    This will prevent them from a SB berth. Poor Bears.

  11. Soulman45 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:05 PM

    No way THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS would won’t a a oldie RB when their will be players in the 20′s being cut.

  12. anarchopurplism says: Aug 29, 2011 3:06 PM

    There are plenty of aged veterans available on the free agent wire right now.

    Nobody will trade for Chester Taylor if they can get him for free or pay what he is expected to this year.

    I suspect that they do not want him to suit up with another team within the division, namely the Vikings……who may not want him anyway.

  13. gregjennings85 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:06 PM

    Well, clearly, his value has never been higher, as he apparently will not make the Bears’ roster and is about to be released.

    2 1st round picks sounds about right.

  14. gergie1957 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:07 PM

    He should have stayed in Minny.

  15. southbeachnorth says: Aug 29, 2011 3:09 PM

    Jerry Angelo is an absolute tool. In related news, Bears go from first to worst in NFC North this year. Book it.

  16. thegonz13 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:10 PM

    Chester, you had a good thing going in Minnesota but you went for the bucks instead…

    Sorry about your damn luck!

  17. madamschefter says: Aug 29, 2011 3:24 PM

    He’ll be alright… Andy Reid is phoning his agent as we speak.

  18. philtration says: Aug 29, 2011 3:32 PM

    southbeachnorth says: Aug 29, 2011 3:09 PM

    Jerry Angelo is an absolute tool. In related news, Bears go from first to worst in NFC North this year. Book it.
    ====================================

    So cutting a RB that looks like he is going to be 4th on the depth chart is a bad move?
    really?

    Name one team in the NFL that would not make the very same move.

  19. glac1 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:43 PM

    Champions are built through the draft and not free agency. The Redskins learned this, the Bears learned this and I’m sure the Eagles will learn the same lesson next season.

  20. darthhitman says: Aug 29, 2011 3:47 PM

    philtration says: Aug 29, 2011 3:32 PM

    southbeachnorth says: Aug 29, 2011 3:09 PM

    Jerry Angelo is an absolute tool. In related news, Bears go from first to worst in NFC North this year. Book it.
    ====================================

    So cutting a RB that looks like he is going to be 4th on the depth chart is a bad move?
    really?

    Name one team in the NFL that would not make the very same move.
    ====================================

    Has he been cut? NO! Word is now they plan to shop around a RB that looks like he is going to be 4th on the depth chart…and THAT makes him a tool

  21. dfeltz says: Aug 29, 2011 3:56 PM

    who cares? He wasn’t even a good backup. Not to mention, HE IS A BACKUP. I don’t know why this guy is getting as much run as he is.

  22. vikefan says: Aug 29, 2011 4:01 PM

    6th rounder, just like mcnabb, no one will give more, there is no reason to if he is getting cut, someone will offer 5th or 6th round just to get in line first if a team sees any value in him.

  23. jutts says: Aug 29, 2011 4:08 PM

    Time for retirement for old CT… Hopefully Roy Williams is next.

  24. gottapoop says: Aug 29, 2011 4:14 PM

    so?

  25. dealer009 says: Aug 29, 2011 4:22 PM

    I think it’s obvious that Minnesota, Green Bay, or Detroit would pick him up for the veteran minimum for Chicago’s offensive playbook alone. By advertising you would cut him when he feels “scorned,” he’s going to get called by the Bears rivals.

    If he were to take a few reps off of Adrian Peterson when AP needed a rest, that would be a bonus.

  26. drshankenstein says: Aug 29, 2011 4:23 PM

    Seems like they are doing this to screw with him. Making it that much harder to get on somewhere else. Because even with Jerry Angelo at the wheel, he can’t be dumb enough to think someone else would actually trade for him. Could.. he?

  27. waitingguilty says: Aug 29, 2011 4:53 PM

    Trade him?

    I must have missed the press release announcing Vinny Cerrato is back in the league as a GM. Who hired him? Cincy?

  28. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 29, 2011 5:17 PM

    dealer: what’s obvious to you is silly. its not like mike martz’s playbook is a secret. just send all your eligible receivers into the pattern and leave no one to protect your quarterback. then act surprised when they become shellshocked (ask mark bulger).

    lets see if either of those teams has any interest once clueless jerry realizes he’s getting nothing for chester. my guess is not.

  29. dd393 says: Aug 29, 2011 8:01 PM

    Gotta make yourself valuable to your team. Can he drive a lawn tractor?

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