Dolan: The Curious Case of Chester Taylor

I’ll admit it.

When the Bears signed Chester Taylor to a four-year, $12.5 million deal way back in March, I was puzzled. Why did Chicago

Chester Taylor will be switching allegiances in 2010

need a RB who did much of the same things as incumbent Matt Forte? Taylor can catch the ball and block in pass protection, but so can Forte. Taylor weighs just shy of 220 lbs. So does Forte. Plus, they gave a lot of money this season ($7 million is guaranteed in 2010) to a guy who accrued more than 200 touches just once in his eight-year career: 2006 in Minnesota.

What I was assuming, at least early on, was a fantasy headache, especially since multidimensional backs are a staple of new coordinator Mike Martz’s offense. But just before training camp begins, things appear to be shaking out a little bit.

Yes, Forte was a consensus top-5 pick in 2009, and he’s plummeting down draft boards thanks to an anemic season that saw him average 3.6 YPC on 258 carries, and score just 4 total TDs (his production in the pass game was good, 57/471/0, but no TDs hurt him). He battled through hamstring and knee injuries, although he said earlier [...]

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Matthew Camp

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Joe is a son of the video-game age - his extensive knowledge of NFL rosters dates back to the early 1990s.


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