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Chicago Bears Sign RB Chester Taylor

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Wcg_thumb_hot_mediumSwitching teams in the NFC North, Chester Taylor has signed a contract with the Chicago Bears, per this article.

Taylor agreed to a $12.5 million, four-year contract with $7 million guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. That's not far off the figures of $14 million in total value and $8 million guaranteed that a league source said the veteran back was gunning for last night.

A combination of Forte and Taylor in the backfield gives the Bears a legitimate 1-2 punch. Add a couple offensive lineman and our offense could be very scary.

More information after the jump...

Contract details: Four years, 12.5 million. 7 million guaranteed year one.

Taylor's career stats (via wikipedia):

Year Team Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2000 Toledo Rockets 250 1470 18 17 129 1
2001 Toledo Rockets 268 1430 20 26 242 3
2002 Baltimore Ravens 33 122 0 14 129 2
2003 Baltimore Ravens 63 276 2 20 132 0
2004 Baltimore Ravens 160 714 2 30 184 0
2005 Baltimore Ravens 117 487 0 41 292 1
2006 Minnesota Vikings 303 1216 6 42 288 0
2007 Minnesota Vikings 157 844 7 29 281 0
2008 Minnesota Vikings 101 399 4 45 399 2
2009 Minnesota Vikings 94 338 1 44 389 1

 

We have a plethora of RB's, so who's out? Will we see a Running Back tandem of Forte / Taylor / Bell? Are Peterson, Wolfe and Jones on their way out? What are your thoughts?

And get ready, Chicago: Julius Peppers is next. Adam Schefter (twitter)

Also, 670 the Score is mentioning that Halas Hall is abuzz and more moves are in the works that will make draft day much more exciting. Of couse, this is all speculation until something happens, but it does leave me intrigued.