It was announced this afternoon by Rotoworld.com, PFT.com and various other sources that the Chicago Bears were releasing 31 year old running back Chester Taylor. However, now various media outlets are reporting that the Bears have indeed not released Taylor, although they have said he is not in the team’s longterm plans. That’s a brilliant move in order to try to trade a player you have no interest in retaining.
The Chicago Tribune and the Sun-Times both reported earlier this afternoon that the Bears were going to release Taylor. 10 minutes ago, the Sun-Times posted another update, stating that the team has not released Taylor. The paper reports that the club informed the running back that he would be released, but as the franchise started to make roster trimming moves this afternoon, Taylor was not one of them.
What are the Bears waiting for? The cat is out of the bag as far as the team wanting to jettison Taylor, and now, they want to hold on to him in case there is another team which wants to possibly trade for him? What NFL franchise in their right mind would offer up anything for Chester Taylor?
I understand that the front office is upset after having to pay him $7 million in guaranteed money, however, keeping Taylor on the roster is not going to increase the number of calls coming into the Bears office looking to offer up a draft choice for a player which averaged 2.4 yards per carry last season.
Just another strange move from one of the more perplexing franchises in the NFL.