Posted by Will Brinson
On Sunday we mentioned that both running back Chester Taylor and linebacker Lance Briggs were unhappy with their situation on the Bears. Taylor wanted more playing time and Briggs wanted more money.
Taylor is not going to get what he wants -- or at least not get it with the Bears anyway, as it appears the backup-to-the-backup running back will be cut before teams are required to get down to 80-man rosters by Tuesday (follow the latest updates and cuts here).
That's according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, who says the Bears have already informed Taylor of his release.
Taylor signed a four-year, $12 million contract before the 2010 season (he was the other "big" free-agent signing to go with defensive end Julius Peppers), but was unproductive with Chicago last season, rushing for 267 yards on 112 attempts (2.4 yards per carry) over the course of 16 games. Though, in fairness, the rushing attack out of Chicago wasn't exactly potent last season.
The Bears made their "splash" this offseason by bringing in former Cowboy Marion Barber, and given that Taylor remains behind Matt Forte, Barber and, apparently, Khalil Bell on the depth chart, it shouldn't be surprising that Taylor's being given his pink slip.
So maybe he will get what he wants ... just with another team.