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Childress Appreciative Of Taylor’s Contributions To Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 5, 2010 – 4:55 pm

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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66 Responses to “Childress Appreciative Of Taylor’s Contributions To Vikings”

  1. By chris on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks for all the great years chester. You were never a backup to vikings fans. Just a great other back. Great luck in the future

  2. By Jess on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t believe we let Chester Taylor sign with the Bears. A 4 year 12.5 million dollar contract is a great deal for Taylor. He is well worth that money. We should have tried harder to retain him. WTF Childress.???

  3. By Genna Jean Wittstadt on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    This is a great pickup for the Bears–I was always surprised the Vikings didn’t use Taylor more he’s a terrific player who got work done. He didn’t have the baggage other players around the NFL have. Hope yall replace him…it was good to see yall go far this year; the dimension and depth on your roster is great.

  4. By Nivison on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Taylor is one of the best in the game. Best of luck to you Chester. Okay Vikings now we need to sign a new elite back to fill his role!!!

  5. By NUMBER1VIKESFAN on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    VIKINGS NEED TO GET SOME DBS IN THERE

  6. By Terek on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Now throw the money at Thomas Jones! He will play 10 times better in a dome and is a brute that will compliment A.P.’s style. Favre will be back as well..

  7. By Terek on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    The bears did this to weaken its rival and strengthen themselves,its now our chess move! Tme is money…..

  8. By Troy Alexander on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Its a sad day, he was a great back and if welose Favre (i dount we will) or Pat (also doubt) it could bea major blow

  9. By Brett on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    If the Vikes had given Chester the ball in the NFC Championship, I’ll bet he wouldn’t have fumbled.

  10. By mikillerko on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    i really the way Chester Taylor played football, he was our true “ol’ reliable” but i dont think we should draft a free agent like thomas jones or tomlinson. I think we should look in the draft. cause these new comers can really ball out at the running back position

  11. By Tom E. on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    O.M.G. What were they thinking letting Taylor go. I have a bad feeling that this will bite us in the keester.

  12. By dbo on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    It’s sad to see Chester go. He was a great 3rd down back for us. This was a move that we had to make though, we couldn’t afford to pay him the money that he would have received. We also know get to go after a free agent, if chester doesn’t sign anywhere, we don’t get that luxury since we were one of the four top teams last year. I say pick up Westbrook or LT to be a 3rd down back who has proved they can catch the ball when it matters and pick up a good db in the first round of the draft.

  13. By mikewobschall on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Just remember that this wasn’t something the Vikings did – they didn’t let him go or make a move to get rid of him. He left on his own because he’s looking for an opportunity to play more and Chicago can give him that.

    Also consider the contract he received – 4 years and $12.5 million. That’s a lot of money for the Vikings to give to a #2 RB.

  14. By Andrew P on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Chester Taylor for all you did for us with the Vikings, even though you joined one of our rivals I wish you the best. Now we need to get Westbrook to be our backup

  15. By tyla b gay on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    childress probly wants westbrook.tomlinson would be interesting if he would be willing to take on a 3rd down back role…not likely.

  16. By JW on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Could it be that Chester was let go because B.C. wants Westbrook?

    If that’s the case, I’d rather have seen them keep Taylor.

    Good luck Chester!

  17. By malte on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    the worst was that taylor was sold to bears, now we have to face a great RB 2 games every year :(

  18. By Grizzo on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    CT was a solid back, PERIOD!!! It will be hard to find a competent replacement.

  19. By Brian W on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    What were you thinking?

  20. By Chris on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Albert Young, the guy seemed to shine in the preseason last year… Wouldn’t be too surprised if the Vikes looked at Young as a possibility to fill the void of Chester.

  21. By terri on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    no way we should have let taylor go. dumb move. stupid. childress, will you ever learn?

  22. By Matt on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Chester was a very good back for us, but he wants to have a chance to start. Peterson is our starter (despite his fumbles) hes a beast.
    Chilli did not release CT, or let him go……he moved on to a better opportunity for himself, period. Vikes couldnt retain him, he wanted to go.
    sucks that it had to be the bears but good luck to you chester. thanks for the hard work and professionalism you brought to minnesota :)

  23. By TW VIKE on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hes gone get over it ! All of us have seen players come & go. Its time for AP to mature into a all around back. We need secondary help, priority #1. Also a young QB to watch Favre next year.(He is coming back) We need Berrian to become what we thought he would be. He & Favre never really hooked up. This team still has a very bright future, & very much SUPERBOWL contenders!

  24. By Vikes Fan on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Childress please listen!!!!! GO GET THOMAS JONES!!!!!! Not only is he a great RB, he is also a role model on and off the field. He is a first class leader in every way. Yes, you may have some kind of chemistry with Westbrook but Farve has chemisty with Jones. PLUS, Jones is three times the back Westbrook is or ever will be. Defenses wont know what to think with Peterson and Jones on the field. Not to mention Jones is the gap when Peterson is off his game. (you know what i mean by that) Jones can even help Peterson cure the fumble problem.
    Get Jones!!!! Get Jones!!!! Get Jones!!!!!

  25. By C.W. on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Chester Taylor will be sorely missed by Vikings fans. He should have been our feature back during the playoff run. He knows how to run. The Vikings will find that out when we play face him and the Bears. Chester we wish you well…you will always be our Premiere football player in our minds in minnesota.

  26. By C.W. on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Final Thought: Fire the running backs coach in Minnesota. If he can’t fix the A.P. “fumble problem” he should look for other work.

  27. By Luckped on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Despite the fact he’s going to Chicago I wish Chester the best. It’s important to keep in mind that despite the fact that he was used more sparingly since AP’s arrival, he’s got a fair amount of mileage for a RB and allocating $3.5 million a year is probably a luxury the Vikings could not afford, especially in lieu of the fact that there are pressing needs at CB as well as LB depth. Vikes should be targeting CB’s in free agency and the draft.

  28. By Jenny on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    I will miss Chester, the third down molester! :) good luck with the Bears!

  29. By D.N. on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Yes C.T. was a great back for the Vikings. But to pay C.T. that kinda money is not in the Vikings plans. The Bears will realize that over 4 yrs. There are other backs on the market that can do what C.T. did. C.T. is a great guy and wish him luck but he won’t win a ring in Chi-town. Favre will be back and the Vikes will sign another back that will fill the role. Go Vikes!

  30. By medicineball on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Artis Hicks might sign elsewhere as he can probably start on another team. That would be a big loss, as the Vikings would then need to get a player to backup Bryant McKinnie at left tackle.

    How about bringing in Tra Thomas? He is 34 and an unrestricted free agent. He would be a solid backup for McKinnie and Loadholt.

    Another possibility is Orlando Pace. The Bears cut him and he still wants to play. He might be good enough to be a backup. Having another great veteran around like one of those two might be positive for the young line players.

  31. By purplehorn on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Besides losing Taylor, we are probably going to lose Hicks as well. If some team really wanted to disrupt the Vikings, the would take Tarvaris from us. Many will say good riddance, but that leaves only Rosenfels at QB and almost forces a QB pick instead of taking some other quality position player at #30. I don’t think the Vikings are going to make any splash in free agency now- because the linebackers are all coming off to other teams and BIG money. Dansby got a sweet deal in Miami.

  32. By mike on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Jones doesnt even like favre so I doubt Chilli will even consider him we need to get Albert Young ready for the future and address our secondary in a better way go find another younger darren sharper

  33. By Hge Viking Fn on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    We don’t need Albert Young! He’s a young halfback who doesn’t understand the game. We need B. Wesbrook or T. Jones. They are both experienced players and could be our third down backs. Also good luck Chester we’ll miss you.

  34. By meswant on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Good luck CT, we will miss you here.

  35. By Yellow on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    I knew this day would come. As much as it hurts to let you go, it hurts even more to know that you will be destructive when playing on the other side of the field. Having said that, I have nothing but respect for you. This is a business affair and it would not be fair to keep you here when you can do so much as a starter for another team. Good luck to you Chester, thank you for all the memories! See you this coming season!

    Yellow

  36. By vikingsfan1955 on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    taylor will be missed but he wants to start some place and he deserves to do so so good luck chester. I am happy to see the respect he has recieved from the vikings fans.That said we know u childress is looking for and will most likely get and that is westbrook.I feel he isn’t durable enough but when healty he can be even more dangerous bur jones would also be a good pick up

  37. By Jesse on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    We cant keep letting some of our most consistant players walk. And since they are gone already, we need to be getting some ppl in free agency, like Ryan Clark or anybody who can fill a void really. This conservative stuff is losing the vikes’ season ticket holders…

  38. By Ted on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    This is just one more dumb move by letting Chester Taylor go. He is a better back then Adrian Peterson! He held on to the ball, could catch the as well as run well. And to the Bear’s? We don’t want a winning team just a place to raise talent and let them go! The Cubs of the NFL we are.

  39. By Jim on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    how do you guys think we can afford Thomas Jones, if we could not afford to keep C.T.?? Also no way Jones is coming to Minn. to be a backup..and why would we want washed up Westbrook and Tomlinson?? We need young talent..

  40. By vikingsfan1955 on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    He’s not better than peterson and we are making a push for it all now and need vererans that can step in not rookies especially at running back

  41. By greenwayfan on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t believe that someone said we need to bring in Tra Thomas or Orlando Pace as a backup. WTF? You bring in an O line prospect to develope behind our starting left tackle so that when his contract is up we have the option to let him go and move forward with someone who will appreciate going to the pro bowl. Come on McKinnie, go to practice in Miami, not the clubs at night. What are you trying to do, hit someone over the head with a velvet rope pole and get suspended for 4 games again. He could be the best left tackle in the NFL if he just gave a S H I T. It is pathetic. As far as filling our needs in the offseason, our front office is second to none and will do a great job with our roster. Look at the value they have gotten in the draft over the last 4 years and how far our roster has come in that time. Anyone who questions that is an idiot. Other people have said it but I will say it again for those who aren’t getting it. We didn’t let Chester go, he left to have an opportunity to start! That is why he came to us from Baltimore in ’06. The front office said that it was their top priority to keep Chester this offseason, they couldn’t because he can’t start here with AP on the roster! Get it through your thick skulls. The same thing happened to us with Matt Birk last offseason. The Vikes offered him the same contract that Baltimore offered him and he left anyway because he thought he had a better chance of winning a championship with the Ravens. Too bad because look at last season. I am sure he is regreting that choice.

  42. By noah on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    im from toledo and i watched you play almost every game at the university of toledo. you gave toledo a show for so long and we couldnt have asked for more. as a life long vikings fan it sadens me to see you go. thanks for the hard work and great memories. 419

  43. By Joe on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    So true. Odviously he has a problem. We need a rb coach who can actually help our running backs.

  44. By Kyle on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Chester thanks for all your hard work. You are a great running back and sorry we had to loose you. I agree with alot of the other posts, they should have kept him. He was a solid back. One problem they better address is the offenseive line. the blocking and pass protection was horible.

  45. By Alan on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I said it all year Chester was our better and more consistant rb now what replace him with a washup back from philly?

  46. By Terrible on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Top 3 worst websites to actually find Vikings news

    #1 – Vikings.com
    #2 – KFAN,com
    #3 Pioneer Press

  47. By ak. vike on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    we should have kept chester and all of our free agents except karl payma,who actually cost us 2 games!i think we need to start sanford at safety and reynaud at wide receiver.lose berrian and williams.we should put mckinnie up for trade bait and move up in the draft and get okung or trent williams.

  48. By Jim on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Chester was solid all year, every year. Too bad for vikes, but I hope taylor will get 20 touches a game and get over 1200 yards from scrimmage next season.

  49. By VikeForever on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I have been a fan for 34 years and this was one of the most exciting i’ve seen in a while. Everyone needs to stop being a coach and appreciate what you have. You could always be a lions fan! Protect the QB, open the gaps, rush the QB, and catch the ball…it’s simple. Which ever one you are week at, strenghten it and play with heart and you will win.

  50. By Bruce on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I say get LT, LT was the guy that stood up for Brett during the Green Bay debacle and believe it or not, I think LT would play his butt off for Brett and the team. He admires Brett a lot and LT is a NUMBER #1 Class Act! Yeah, I know his last 2 seasons were not big numbers and I know he is 30, but this guy would be a great compliment to AP and help AP with the fumbling problem. I can hear the chants now…APLT APLT APLT

  51. By jesse on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    start signing ppl!!! we need to have a season as good or better than last in order to help get a new stadium. u guys are really showing that u dont give a darn about the fans of minnesota…

  52. By Brent on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Its too bad we lost Chester Taylor, he was a class act. As for replacing him, I think it is smarter for us to do it through the draft. I think that we need to get an elusive, speed guy for third down situations. Someone like Dexter McCuster from Ole Miss or Trindon Holliday from LSU. These are two of the fastest players in college football and they could help us out of the backfield and on special teams. I also think that it would be smart for the vikings to move up in the draft and take a shot at Taylor Mays. He is a huge safety and yet is that athletic. People say that he may be too big for safety, so we could potentially play him as the nickel linebacker against the TEs. We were awful against TEs last year so he could be a huge help as a very versatile defensive player for us.

  53. By marcus on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    i think leigh bodden( cb) would be a great pick up for the vikings! need a little more help in the safety postion though and another healthy MLB a young smart and fast one?demeco ryans maybe if it’s in the budget some how for the vikings injury is a concern for EJ henderson may not be the same after this one? and beef up the lg and rg postion? o-line need tweaking some! and pray for brett to come back last but not lease!!! lol

  54. By Bruce on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    LT is the perfect fit! He is willing to take a secondary role, he would love playing behind Brett, he would make a GREAT role model for AP! He could help AP out with the fumbling problem. he would probably sign a 1-2 year deal. And he has the potential to surprise everyone. Sign LT!!!!

  55. By Bruce on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    LT would help entice Brett as well because Brett knows that LT stuck up for him. And LT is a GREAT GUY! CLASS ACT! He would add to the locker room excitement! Brad & Rick, I’m right about this!

  56. By Bruce on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    LT just wants to play for a team that has a chance to go all the way. I KNOW HE WOULD SIGN WITH THE VIKINGS!

  57. By Kevin Magee on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I have to say this,…Viking fans are pure class with how they are handling the c.t. situation. I really enjoyed rooting for you this year.In fact,..cheering has never been this fun.Thank you for giving Brett a chance. Go to the packers websites and you have people calling Kampman names and saying he wasnt any good.They really are a joke!! I work at an autoparts store and I cant believe the number of people that come in to get parts before noon that are totally drunk,..what a disgrace these people have become.It just sickens me to even be associated from wisconsin.

  58. By jordan on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    dude c.w…….. dont hate on eric bienemy ( RB coach ) hes a straight hog….
    and chester taylor is a straight mac….. mac
    hes a hog shoulda payed him his money…. whatever we deeeep.. and if we do get ol boy T Jones that would be the move…. heres a better move take away chlidresses extension hes the reason we lost the Championship game not AP dont hate.. place the blame where it needs to be put.. as soon as we lose him then we win he is a p.o.s.

  59. By Dave Pettis on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Should have kept Taylor. I hope they trade B Berrian

  60. By michandre on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    I hope it all works out for Chester and that enjoys playing some good football in Chicago. I really enjoyed his play in so many crucial situations. Not someone I’d want to see go, but I’m not an expert on the financial dealings of teams and their players or all the decisions that go into these kinds of moves.

  61. By dee expacker fan on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry to see C. Taylor go. But as with others, I wish him well. I also would like to comment on the overall “class act” of Vikings fans with their comments. I have been on other teams sites in yrs. past and believe me, you Vikings fans are something special. Overall you appear to be articulate, thoughtful, kind, intelligent, and insightful. Keep up the good work fans.
    I was so devastated over the loss to the Saints that I am just now able to follow the Vikings news and comments.
    Hopefully Brett will come back but if not he gave us a great year. I just hope “Chilly” et als. do a good job of filling some gaps.

  62. By Kong Lee on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Its hard to accept the fact that C.T had to goto our division rival team, but that will prove to us how great he really is. Thanks for all the great work you did for us Taylor! Goodluck with your new team, help show them what a former Viking can do! :)

  63. By Nick Posner on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    As a true Vikings fan I’m extremely happy that he signed with the Bears, now he can see what an average offensive line blocks like especially when the defense isn’t winded from chasing down the best RB in the league…
    He will do poorly on the Bears and the Vikings can reap the benefits

  64. By STAN on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    THE TWO TUBBS OF LARD WILL BE SUSPENDED! FARVREE WILL RETIRE! VIQUEENS GO 6 AND 10! IT WAS GREAT HOW THE BEARS CRUSHED THE VIQUEENS AT THE END OF THE SEASON! TOO FUNNY!

  65. By JEFF on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    WHAT MAY HINDER US FROM LANDING A GREAT #2 RB IS FAVRE. HE NEEDS TO MAKE HIS DECISION EARLY SO THAT SOMEONE LIKE LT OR BW CAN MAKE A TRUE DECISION.

  66. By Craig on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    I am shocked to see all love for C.T. going to the Bears , as a Bears fan we are excited to have a player with his ability, however you guys are still the elite team of the division, rice is a beast , A P is a monster despite fumbleitis, if Farve returns you are still in good shape. So if the bears blow it (like usual) i would love to see you guys win a championship. Go Bears than go Vikings!!!!!!!

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