Chester Taylor is Now a Member of the Chicago Bears

I think everyone was pretty much resigned to the idea that Chester Taylor would be leaving the Vikings as a UFA and signing with a team that would give him a shot to get more touches.

What might be a little harder to come to grips with is the fact that the Chicago Bears are the team that has nabbed Chester, giving him two annual shots at the Vikings for the next four years.

There’s nothing really to say here except, thank you Chester for four great years.  The offense was always better when it involved you, but with Adrian Peterson on the team, and especially with all the weapons that emerged last season, it just wasn’t in the cards for you to be used the way you probably wanted and deserved.

Now Chester gets the chance to play for Mike Martz, an offensive coordinator known for making good use of pass receiving running backs.

Oh, and did I mention the Bears just signed Julius Peppers, aka Bryant McKinnie‘s worst nightmare?

The NFC North balance of power may have just shifted radically.  Unless That Guy comes back.  Then everything will of course be fine.

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  • Mike

    Favre is definitely coming back. Before he said highly unlikely. Now he says he hasn’t made up his mind. That is the most positive he has ever been at this time of the year. He just needs to get out of OTAs and maybe training camp before announcing his return.

    Chester will be no great loss if they get Brian Westbrook. He is riskier but more explosive. Imagine the stress on defenses getting AD for 2 downs then the smaller quick Westbrook on third. The Vikings will have the scariest offense in football.

    Too bad the Vikings can’t find a center-guard and cornerback (or safety) in free agency. That means they will have to rely on the draft again to fill their 2 major needs. So much for taking the best athlete in the draft again.

  • SH28

    SportingNews reports An observation: “I thought they would go after someone who’s more dynamic,” Miller said. “I know he has the concussion issue, but Brian Westbrook is a little more dynamic. Although don’t get me wrong; Taylor is solid.”

    The Bears tried to upgrade at RB while hurting the Vikings but if they get Westbrook the Bears could have made them stronger.

  • Mike

    Not only would the Vikings be stronger with Westbrook but the Bears will now likely be weaker at RB with Chester Taylor than they would have been.

    Chester and Forte are not explosive playmakers.
    Chester had only 3.6 ypc last year, same as Forte.
    In comparison, Westbrook had 4.5, more than AD at 4.4.

    Moreover, there is no guarantee Chester at 30 y/o can go from 8 to 20 touches per game. It will be much easier, and even beneficial, for Westbrook at 30 y/o to phase out from 20 to 8 touches.

    The Bears should have went to the draft for their feature back and used Westbrook or Taylor or maybe even Forte for third downs.

    Now the Vikings can get a more explosive third down back in Westbook, who is experienced, knows the WCO, and can catch passes and block.

    The Bears may have just bit off the nose to spite their face (a.k.a., the Seahawks taking Burleson to get back at the Vikings for Hutch).

    Now, if only we can turn McKinnie into Peppers Pappa…

  • Mike

    Sid Hartman says the Vikings think the Bears overpaid Chester Taylor. The Vikings are not pursuing Westbrook because of his concussions and demand for a big contract, and will need to look in the draft.

    I believe they will negotiate something with Westbrook, after he realizes his full-time days as a $7 million starter are over because of his concussions.

    I don’t think the Vikings can find a good rookie third down running back, who knows the WCO and can block and catch passes. That takes time to learn.

  • Mike

    Chester Traitor is espected to have a bad year behind the Bears terrible O-line, especially since they have no 1st and 2nd round draft choices to fix it.

  • Mike

    Chester Traitor is expected to have a bad year behind the Bears terrible O-line, which they can’t fix without first and second round draft choices.

  • Mike

    I don’t understand why Chilly can’t sign Westbrook. Westbrook says: I wouldn’t have a problem with sharing the load. In this day and age, everybody needs to share the load. At the age of 30, I know that I won’t be carrying the ball 30 times a game like I used to, but I would like the opportunity to be in the backfield with another back. He added that he would be playing next season with a clean bill of health from his neurologist.