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Bears 60-second rant: Taylor hasn’t been worth the price

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By Dan Parr

The Bears thought they had filled a need and landed a quality backfield complement for Matt Forté last offseason when they signed Chester Taylor to a four-year deal that included $7 million guaranteed. But Taylor's play this season could lead GM Jerry Angelo to consider bringing in some serious competition for the No. 2 role behind Forté in 2011.

It's true that Taylor's opportunities have been limited and a knee injury bothered him a bit earlier this season, but he isn't making much of an impact when he does get the ball in his hands. The ninth-year veteran is averaging only 2.3 yards per carry and he's had more rushing attempts than yards in four of the past six games. Taylor had just four yards on four carries vs. the Jets on Sunday, and that was actually an improvement from his performance in the previous two games. He's made just 20 catches this season and is on pace to make the fewest grabs he's had in a season since 2003.

His lack of production hasn't kept the Bears from winning. They have gone 7-1 since Week Nine, even though Taylor has averaged three yards per carry or less in all but one of those games.

He's a proven veteran who may be able to overcome a bad first season with his new team, but he's been a major disappointment and, at 31 years old, his best days could be far behind him. While it's unlikely that he'll be cut after just one season, Chicago may be crunched for space if the salary cap returns with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Parting ways with Taylor and replacing him with a younger, cheaper back with more upside could be a much more intriguing option for the Bears if the cap becomes a consideration.

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