Earlier this week, the agent representing Bears running back Chester Taylor said that coach Lovie Smith had informed Taylor that he’ll be released. The Bears then contacted Taylor’s agent, Ken Sarnoff, to tell him that Taylor wouldn’t be cut.
But while Taylor survived the move to 80 players, he apparently won’t make it to the final 53.
Sarnoff now says, via Twitter, that Bears personnel exec Kevin Turks (fitting name for today) has called to say that Taylor will be cut.
The bizarre back-and-forth from recent days suggests not only a disconnect between the front office and the coaching staff, but also a possible effort to trade Taylor to a team that needs a tailback.
Regardless, the impending release of Taylor means that 66.666667 percent of the much-heralded first-day-of-free-agency haul that the Bears made in 2010 will now be former Bears. (Tight end Brandon Manumaleuna is long gone.) Given the performance of defensive end Julius Peppers in 2010, it can still be regarded as a pretty good effort by the franchise.