Finally released after a week of speculation, former Chicago Bears RB Chester Taylor has found a new home, with the Arizona Cardinals, as reported by several outlets this afternoon.
This is a curious move by the Cardinals, as after watching every Arizona game this preseason, I thought that starting running back Beanie Wells was being backed up nicely by LaRod Stephens-Howling and Alfonso Smith.
Taylor, 31, is coming off a horrible season with the Bears in 2010, averaging just 2.38 yards per carry. There is something to be said for the Bears poor offensive line play in 2010, but there also needs to be some speculation about how much Taylor has left in the tank.
The Bears had a significant investment in Taylor, a guaranteed $7 million dollar check last season as he inked a $12 million dollar contract. Chicago phased Taylor out of their plans this preseason and now you have to wonder where in the plans for the Cardinals, Taylor fits for 2011. For a club like the Bears, which are generally regarded as frugal to let their $7 million dollar investment walk after only one year should speak volumes about his possible productivity in 2011.