Taylor Signs With Bears

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 5, 2010 – 3:30 pm

One of the most frequent subjects of blog entries on over the last several weeks has decided to part ways with the Vikings and join the Chicago Bears.

RB Chester Taylor, an unrestricted free agent (UFA) as of late last night, agreed to a deal with the Bears today that will reportedly pay him $12.5 million over the next 4 years, including $7 million in guaranteed money. The development ends Taylor’s career with the Vikings after 4 seasons.

Signed by the Vikings before the 2006 season, Taylor’s 1st season in Purple was a good one. He rushed for 1,216 yards and 6 TDs on 303 carries in 15 games. But then the Vikings drafted Adrian Peterson in 2007 and Taylor saw his role reduced. Still, though, Taylor was valuable to the Vikings because of his pass blocking and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

But every player has a price and perhaps Taylor’s price wasn’t worth it for the Vikings. Or perhaps Taylor wasn’t interested in staying with the Vikings, regardless of their offer, and instead wanted to move on to another team in the hopes of more opportunity.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. Taylor is a member of the Bears and the Vikings are now able to participate in the UFA market. Under the new rules that govern the 2010 league year, teams that participated in the AFC or NFC Championship Game are not allowed to sign a UFA until they lose one of their own.

The Vikings have now lost one of their own and they can pursue and sign another UFA, with the 1st year compensation not to exceed that which Taylor will earn in Chicago.

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66 Responses to “Taylor Signs With Bears”

  1. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I have said this before, losing Chester is a huge hit for this team, and to lose him to the Bears, a team in our own division…………come on ! What were they thinking? He should have been the #1 player to not let go, with A.P. and his fumbling problem that keeps getting worse….come on !

  2. By Skyler on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you very much for your time with us Chester. It is a tough pill to swallow to see you leave, but I understand why you must go. Good luck to 14 out of your 16 games next year!!! Just kidding. It will be cool to see you and AP go head to head. I just hope we can fill that slot.

  3. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Are the Vikes going after anyone? Do we not need a secondary? Someone to replace E.J. ? Because he won’t be ready for this season! Come on Vikes…keep it up and you won’t even win the Division….and we all know how you play away from home…… need the Division and home field throughout! Get busy !!!!

  4. By purplehorn on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Losing Taylor was a hit, but he got offered a pretty sweet deal in Chicago. What if he gets hurt? He still gets $7 million. This is business and Taylor took the better money. Bears are making some moves and will be a much better team with the additions. Vikings moves now should be interesting to watch.

  5. By Rick on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I am begging the Vikes…PLEEEEAAASE….

    Get that kid Lefevour in the draft. Forget all the free agent stuff. This kid Lefevour is the real deal. Trade up and get him. Pass on the rest….McCoy, Tebow, even Bradford. Get the kid.

  6. By PAUL WaLL on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply


  7. By Curtis on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Who needs him. Ian Johnson is there and him and A.P. will be the best RB tandem in the nation. Go for it Ian, you’ve got this. No other team will be as productive. JUST WATCH!!!

  8. By Chandler on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    LT! Dig into ur pockets Zygi!

  9. By KRUEGER on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Taylor will be greatly missed OUCH Great Team Player. Lets hope the plan of not signing him and opening our access to free agency will work out it’ll be interesting to see who or which players we’ve targeted. CB,FS,RG….

  10. By andrew on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    They need to go after LT or westbrook… and go after some secondary help

  11. By Purple Heart on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    RELAX Vikings fans. Rick Spielman, VP of player operations, has done an amazing job of putting together a superbowl roster, through free agency and the draft. He and his staff are busy right now doing that very thing. Take a deep breath- we will be fine!

  12. By TjackAllDAY28 on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Chester’s contract with the bears doesnt leave us much wiggle room, unless a big name FA really wants to come with us, and will structure a garbage first season contract, for big one later in the years to follow the rules. Chester obviously just wanted to get paid. Vikings then Packers, THEN the bears is the pecking order in the NFC north. Good bye Chester, look foward to EJ blowing you up in the backfield. Im so disappointed in him its not even funny. I like him a lot, but to sign with the bears of all teams…thats a wound that cuts too deep. Sorry CT, I wish you a healthy career, but I will enjoy watching us show you the error of your ways. Good Luck with a QB who thinks his teamates are on defense!

  13. By erick on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    nooooo chester “just as good” taylor why wouldnt they keep hiim he is such a solid player specially to a rival?????? I hope we sign thomas jones he might be a good back up player that can run without fumbling

  14. By vikescot on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Relax, what are you talking about…..This supposed Spielman genius along w/ the other chillydip heads still have us sucking air if Brett decides to retire!!!!!!! I was not a proponent of hitching all of horses up to the Brett F. chuck wagon only because he has played this retirement thing out far to long and if we get stuck holding the bag (he retires) we are left w/ Sage and TJ !!!!!!! Free agency will be over and all the viable QB will be gone!!!!! Another 2008 season w/ a wasted year of AD legs……I was impressed and proud to be a Viking fan (minus the N. O. loss) but I believe Cutler could have done the same thing….He would be there as long as AD is cutting up and over guys like Gay from Pitt. Steelers…. Brett was and is a great player and preformed at an incredibly high level..Losing Chester was another demoralizing step ,to the Bears…He will unload his Intellctuall property rights on the Vikes to the Bears. Bet on it…Hope Brett comes back I guess thats the only choice our “GENIUSES” have left us with….Man do I hate not having more OPTIONS. Great season , lots of fun to watch but we needed ONE more WIN and then we had the SuperBowl WON!!!!

  15. By Jess on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Why did we let Chester sign with the Bears?? A division rival?? 12.5 million is not that much for a running back as versatile as Chester. We should have tried harder to keep him. Even if we sign Westbrook or LT I am still disappointed! Chester does not have near the wear and tear on his body as those guys. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We better do something.

  16. By akbear51 on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I have to agree with vikescot…the last thing you want to do is relax. Being a lifelong bears fan and living next door to a lifelong vikes fan, this move has made me smile….I wont go as far as making any bold predictions as far as next season goes, but getting CT along with Peppers certainly is a plus. But anyone who knows anything about football knows that no matter how many Pro bowlers you have , staying healthy is the key to winning. Vikes were very fortunate all year with Farve, Peterson and Rice not hurt not to even mention Harvin and the defense. If BF goes down[odds are catching up with him} and AP tweaks a knee or ankle it aint gonna be pretty. Trust me ..I know all about that kinda thing…You dont just go out and find a quality rb like CT everyday. And no disrespect but I think the only thing AP has on CT is he’s younger and stronger…..but CT is Hands down[pun intended] the better ball handler….Yah….go ahead and relax….but keep looking over your shoulder !!

  17. By Purple Heart on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I will say again, “RELAX”. The Vikings remain the superior team in the NFC North. This was strictly a business decision for Chester Taylor. The Vikings will miss him as a team player, however this team is loaded with talent, and they will replace him- whether that’s in free agency or in the draft. As far as the Brett situation, the Vikings are conducting business as if he’s not coming back, however I believe he will. The bears are still looking up at the Vikings and the packers despite these free agent moves, and they know it. Sit back and watch the remainder of the free agency period, tune in for the draft, and reserve your criticism until pre-season. I promise not to say ” I told you so”.

  18. By purplereign on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Football is a business. Winning Super Bowls is a bonus. It all comes down to dollars and cents. Whichever businessmen (read players) work together the best get the bonus (read Super Bowl rings).

  19. By Trenno478 on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Bottom line.. CT was always gonna leave the moment he got an offer that gave him the guaranteed $$$ that he got.. Not to mention for a guy whos only been a feature back for one season probly looked at forte’s season and thinks he has a better chance at being the no 1 guy in chicago than in minn.. Forget LT hes washed up and he still thinks hes the no 1 back in the league.. Westbrook hasnt even been medically cleared yet, if he does get cleared hes only one concussion away from retirement so maybe a conditional contract with performance incentives.. In the draft running back is one of the, if not the deepest positions in the entire draft and you can easily find solid contributors outside of the 1st & 2nd rounds.. It’s no secret we need help in the secondary and I think Antrel Rolle would be a good addition to the roster given that he is only 27, was a 2009 pro bowl selection and was released by the cardinals and isnt an UFA and therefore there isnt a limitation on negotiations.. and there is no doubt he is an instant upgrade over Madieu Williams and he also has the versatility to play at corner.. Williams could possibly be traded for an extra pick in this years draft or a conditional pick in next years draft..

  20. By paul on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Spielman’s hands are tie while waiting for Favre decision.
    That 13 million bucks could have been used to retain Taylor or pursue other free agents.

    It’ll only get worse as the draft gets nearer.

  21. By corwin on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    OK, we need the man who -made- the jests ground game awesome- JONES !!!
    westbrook could play 1 game-hit in the head-and done-and so would the vikes,and oh,sorry not the hard nose rusher we need,sign JONES-get the CB from the colts,,,,,and our QB will be back !
    this isn’t brain surgery— let’s see if anyone is smart enough to think straight.

  22. By Trenno478 on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Not necessarily paul.. with the uncapped year that really shouldnt be an issue.. we may well have matched chicago’s offer and CT just decided he wanted a fresh start and chance to compete for a starting job something he never would of got with the vikes..

  23. By corwin on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    oh by the way,,,rick above is RIGHT ON THE MARK— take LeFevour,he is exatly what we need for the future,one year behind brett to learn,,,the guy reads defense , who ever gets him will get another guy like Peyton,,,we got lucky with Brett, EVERY other old-reject QB we have gotten was a dud,go through them,,,and If you think either of the 2 clip board men we have will get us anywhere—forget it. we need to build a franchise.

  24. By Trenno478 on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Corwin No way jones will be in minn if favre comes back.. end of last season at the jets jones openly and publicy criticised favre about his performances and more or less blamed him for the late season losses they had when they missed the playoffs..

  25. By jason on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    we really were tryying so hard to keep chester they new they were going to lose him idiots. they better find so great replacements or farve wont come back!!

  26. By marcus on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    jones and farve want work! bad history in new york!!! better off in the draft with fresh legs later round in the draft!

  27. By marcus on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    the VIKE need to add to the o line maybe a leftgaurd and secondary= corners(rolle maybe?) and even another MLB(vet) hire another o line coach to open up the run…..and address and fix the fumble problem with AD? if they can answer the bell with these problems come in to this season !the vikes have a great shot again… got to make it favre friendly for the old man to come back again! he just watching and waiting on the vikes moves in the draft and free agents! hint!!!!!! fix the oline? lol

  28. By Brownicus on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Brian Westbrook would be a nice replacement for Taylor. While he has some injury concerns, he has the ability to be just as if not more productive than Taylor would be, and most likely at a cheaper price too.

  29. By Zach Parsons on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Losing Chester to the Bears: It’s not that big of a deal. Get over it. He was GOOD, but not a game changer. We still have the core of our team. AP will continue to get better at the fundamentals (like not fumbling!!) The running game is not a weakness for the Vikes. I hope we get a CB and an O-lineman. ZP.

  30. By Zach Parsons on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Marcus I agree with you man. What if we waited to start Favre until mid-season?

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

    i imagine percy harvin could take on more 3rd down rb duties if needed

  32. By kemp_44 on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply


  33. By Lance on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings would not have let Chester go if they didn’t have a brilliant plan. I see this as an opportunity to bring in a new running back that will compete against adrian, which will fire adrian up even more. I am guessing the ground game will be more productive this coming year. I like the idea of bringing in L.T. because Adrian made a comment in an interview in 2009 about L.T. that kinda burned him a little. Those two backs would probably try to show each other up which would make a big competitive fire. Also, imagine how much attention that would draw with Tomlinson in the backfield behind Favre. One NFL MVP handing off to another NFL MVP…pretty wild.

  34. By rickmphoto on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Just remember what Chester did in the Pittsburgh game………..

  35. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Remember what Chester did in Pittsburgh………………….are you kidding me? One wrong doesn’t erase about 30 third down conversions and the peace of mind he gave us when A.P. was put on the side lines because he didn’t or doesn’t understand that the football stays in his arms…not the other teams! Please! Weak point !

  36. By Benson on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes will probably draft a rb in the later rounds, albert young should be able to get the job done if his number is called he is not as flashy as taylor but will bruise and pound is way up the middle and grind it out and wear out defenses. He is also a good pass receiving rb from what I see.

  37. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    About mid-season it will hit all of the, ” Chester was ok, Spielman is such a smart guy!” CROWD ! Trust me! When A.P. has already been stripped twice before the half and we are sitting at 4-3 and in second place behind the packers at 6-1 ….all of you are going to be saying, “Why did we let Chester go?” WWWWHHHHYYYYYYYY ! Before A.P., Chester was our #1 BACK! That’s why the Bears payed him what they did…….we had two #1 Backs….and all of you so so Chester leaving will be all right crowd… better hope A.P. doesn’t go down early in the season with a major injury…..because at that point… can mail in the season! OH…don’t think Brett isn’t watching this either… just let his 3rd down dump off leave !

  38. By Jeremiah from Fargo on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Chester gets an opportunity to be the number one for an NFL team before he retires, wish it wasn’t for the Bears, but good for him. This decision was not a shock, the response by some of these fans ripping on Childress and Spielman is shocking. They put together, just a month ago, the greatest Vikings team I have ever watched. THe thing that a good back like CT masks, and really needs to be addressed is that offensive line. Even more than Brett Favre coming back or not, the offensive line issues will stop this team from being world champions if they don’t do something to solidify it.

  39. By Rich Galarza on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    This is payback for Benard!!!

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

    WE NEED SECONDARY HELP ! Taylor Mays from USC(Remember #47) would be awesome. Chesters going to regret leaving the Vikings. The Bears O-line is not as good as ours, ask Matt Forte. Adrian Peterson & Chris Johnson are the best running backs in the NFL. Lucky for us we have one of them. Anybody behind Adrian will have success. They wont have to face 8 or 9 in the box like AP does. Winfield is older,Griffins knee,Madieu hasnt played well, ETC. We need help in this department ! We have the pass rush & run stopping ability, now we need to stop the passing game, via more INTs. We did not have many of those last year.

  41. By Kent on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s dump Tarvaris Jackson…he has had plenty of opporunity and still has not shown anything…Even if Favre comes back we need a franchise QB for the future…and Chilly…TJ is NOT it…a new QB could learn a tremedous amount from Favre….

  42. By RAUL THE BEARS FAN on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply


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

    RAUL THE DREAMER- You guys cant win the Pee Wee Division. You guys get passed by the Lions for third in the division. Cry baby Cutler leads the league in INTs.(AGAIN) I am not crying about Chester, I feel sorry for him. As far as our DONE QB, 33 TDs & 7 INTs, I can live with that.

  44. By moorevikes on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    stupid site

  45. By moorevikes on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    good for chester he has a legit chance at being #1 rb on a team (he deserves it). blows he went to rival team but it happens. i hope the viking organization knows what they’re doing. i’ve seen a few db’s that would have been nice to have; go else where. as far as i’m concerned ap is an every down back now. he was told he couldn’t be a third down back so what did he do, he worked on it all off season and proved everyone wrong. bet you he’ll do the same with the fumbleitas. we have two running backs (johnson and young) that can still fill in to give ap a breather. o-line and db’s in the draft is my early xmas wish. a middle line backer, qb, and def lineman i wouldn’t mind having either.

  46. By moorevikes on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    okay that’s just ridiculous it wouldn’t let me post ’cause i had chr@#tmas. you know how long it took me to figure it out. stupid

  47. By DA Bears on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    HA HA HA!!!!! Good luck with your QB who’s old and sucks, and RB who has butter fingers. Enjoy watching the Bears in the playoffs, Peppers breaking Favre’s hip and thanks for Chester too.

  48. By DA Bears on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Vi Queens

  49. By jbork88 on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    old and sucks? how many playoff wins does worthless jay cutler have. and it’s not unexpected the bears are already this agressive in the free angency becasue they were stupid enough to trade their first and second round draft picks for that loser. are the teddy bears going to go 8-8 now with a running back who only had 1 touchdown for the vikings? nah. that will be an over statement, they’ll probably go 7-9 again.

  50. By paul on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    DA Bears, He may be old but certainly does not suck any dumb ass would know that. Hmmmm D= dumb A= ass

  51. By greenwayfan on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Some of the posts are unbelivably stupid. Saying that Farve can’t play, with the year he just had, the best year of his career statistically, is moronic. Anyone who believes that, has the inteligence of a buffalo chip. Chester leaving is a big loss but he is not irreplacable. IF, and that is a big IF, Westbrook is healthy and willing to play a 3rd down backup role he would be a good fit, he already knows the offense. I have had thoughts of LT also but I agree that it wouldn’t work because he is not willing to play the backup role and there has likely been to much smack talk between him and AP for them to be good teammates. Also there are at least 30 teams in the NFL that wish they had our starter, who by the way had 90 receptions last year and can do the same things chester did on 3rd down if we draft a young guy to come in on 1st or 2nd down to rest AP occasionally. Anyone who thinks chester is as good a RB as AP is simply a fool. Defensive coordinators aren’t going to spend the whole week preparing to try to keep chester under control like they do with Adrian. Come on people! Adrian mostly loses the ball when he is fighting for more yards while being gang tackled. He has to learn to just go down. Best situation, we use a 2nd or 3rd round pick to bring in a young RB with fresh legs. RB is deep in this draft and it isn’t hard to get quality in 3rd round, look at the Jets rookie last year.

  52. By steve on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    blah blah blah…how many superbowls have the vikes won? oh yeah 0. win a championship and then u guys can talk

  53. By riley 28 on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Steve.. I am very proud to be a good fan of our team.. Try it who cares what your team did. This is a blog for the team we choose to like get lost.

  54. By Lance on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Greenwayfan good point about L.T. but I just kinda thought the animosity between A.P. and L.T. would translate into good competitive on field performance…though it may not be good for the locker room. I like your idea Greenwayfan.

  55. By Lance on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Bear fans why are you trashtalking our vikings on a vikings website. That is like stepping into a shark tank. I can’t wait until we meet again.

  56. By Steve L. on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I’m really sorry to see Chester Taylor leave the Vikings. He’s a great player and will surely be missed. I hope he gets a real chance with the Bears even if their fans don’t deserve him.

  57. By tony on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I been cheering the vikings on for fourty years, and can’t believe that they let chester go. With AP fumbling we need that guy, also if BF don’t come back we are going to be in a world of hurt.

  58. By Ray M. on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Everybody keeps talking about Spielman and his brillance? This is 1 of the IDOTS responsible for trading 2-3rd rounds picks to move up in the draft to pick TSuck Jackson who every other team had as no better than a 5th rounder on thier warboards. Why draft a running back, teach him the playbook, and then HOPE he turns out when we had Chester? Oh and yeah, letting Matt Birk go free agent was another brilliant move and so all of a sudden there is no hole up the middle for AP to run through but defending pass rushers found a hole right over center to the tune of 5 sacks allowed. Ditch Speilman, tar & feather Chilly, and behead the moronic special teams coaches!

  59. By jim on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    chester going to the bears dont bother me he might get -2yrds on 75 carries because the run defence is that good. what does bother me is peppers look at the last few times we played pepers we cant block him he beat us by himself

  60. By Arrowhead on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Who cares about peppers? he dosn’t play with the determination to win, he plays with the determination to be the biggest paid defensive player in the NFL. And he didn’t beat the vikings by himslef, they won because matt moore had a field day. He only had 10.5 sacks in 2009, Allen had four more.

  61. By Buck Ramos on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    If I were a Viking fan, I’d stop worrying about the lose of Taylor and PRAY #4 comes back. Because without Favre, the Vikings are DONE!!! Lets see someone argue against that point.

  62. By Steve Sable on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    I couldn’t agree more with Buck. Without Favre, we may make the playoffs be we can’t challenge for a title with the backups with have.

  63. By Austin Viking on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    It’s a shame to lose Chester, but he’s a starter quality back that wants his shot at the bigtime. Can’t blame him. While we need to replace him, that is not the highest priority. To keep Farve we have to keep improving the O-line. Need to replace Hicks with the best available. Also, big Pat may retire and leave a big hole in the Williams wall. Probably need to solve for that in free agency as well. Draft for safeties and cover corners…but you want proven vets in the trenches.

  64. By jbork88 on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    favre will probably come back, but buck and steve are right, look at 2008. We won the division but what happend the week after? we lost the wild card, yaaaaayyyyy

  65. By jbork88 on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    od course, they could draft a quaterback and do what the steelers did and get a ben rothlisberger ang go 15-1 in their rookie year. (1,000,000 to 1 chance of that happening though)

  66. By John Reeves on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    If I were a Bears fan I would PRAY for a winning season with all the money the blew on peppers

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