One of the most frequent subjects of blog entries on vikings.com 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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