Chicago Bears: RB Chester Taylor Goes To The Enemy
The plot thickens in the NFC North as the Chicago Bears have now signed former Minnesota Viking running back Chester Taylor. His contract if expected to be a four year deal that will pay out 12.5 million (7 million guaranteed) and that means Taylor will probably end his career as a Bear.
Not only will Taylor help the Bears in the running game, but he will provide a nice target out of the backfield for Jay Cutler. Since new OC Mike Martz runs an offense that demands a running back can catch, Taylor is a nice fit for this offense.
Taylor also provides insight from the Vikings’ locker room that will make things interesting when these two teams face of next season. Remember, the Vikings could have had home field advantage if they would have beaten the Bears on Monday night in week sixteen.
Look for this rivalry to be strong once again as the Bears have upgraded in talent this offseason.
For the Vikings, Adrian Peterson is the only proven running back on the team, but they do have options like last years’ rookie (on the practice squad) Ian Johnson. Someone is going to have to provide a steady fill in for Peterson or the team may end up using their star runner too much.
As for the Bears, Matt Forte’s fantasy value was already going to be way down from a year ago, and now it’s just that much lower. With Taylor around the team now has a legit backup that can take key touches away from Forte. Still, having Taylor may keep Forte fresh and that would be a good thing as the third year runner had to play banged up most of the last season.
NFL fantasy football player rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com