Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress and RB Chester Taylor both joined the Vikings in the same year – 2006. While Childress is currently busy working to improve the Vikings roster for the 2010 season, Taylor has decided to move on from Minnesota and join the Chicago Bears.
While with the Vikings, Taylor was productive. He rushed for 1,216 yards and 6 TDs in 15 games in 2006 as the Vikings featured RB, and then he played a valuable role as the #2 RB behind Adrian Peterson from 2007-2009.
Childress and the Vikings are now charged with finding a way to replace Taylor, a task that can be accomplished via a number of different methods (we’ll get more into that early next week). But the Vikings head coach has no ill-will to his former RB now that he’s heading to a division opponent.
“Chester was a very productive member of our 2006 free agency class,” Childress said on Friday. “We’re appreciative of his contributions on the field. He played a number of different important roles as a starter, backup and 3rd down specialist. Chester is a great competitor, teammate and professional. I’m happy for him and wish him all the best.”
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