The Chicago Bears officially released Chester Taylor on Saturday. The 31-year old veteran had the worst season of his career in 2010, gaining only 267 yards on 112 carries for the NFC North contenders. The Bears signed Marion Barber in the offseason, and Taylor is the odd man out in the Windy City.
Prior to signing with the Bears, Taylor spent four seasons in Minnesota, the final three as the backup for Adrian Peterson. Taylor is a change-of-pace back that could prove to be a useful piece on third downs.
The Arizona Cardinals may be interested in Taylor after losing rookie Ryan Williams for the season and trading Tim Hightower to the Washington Redskins. Currently, LaRod Stephens-Howling is the second running back on the depth chart, with Beanie Wells slated to get the majority of the carries in 2011.
Several teams will be in the running for Taylor's services in 2011. His proven track record as a third down back will find him a spot on an NFL roster this season. Will the Cardinals end up signing Chester Taylor? Stay tuned.
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