Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports the Chicago Bears plan to release veteran running back Chester Taylor.
The Bears signed Taylor to a four-year, $13 million contract one the first day of the 2010 free agent signing period. That deal included $7 million in guarantees, including a $2 million signing bonus and $4 million roster bonus last season.
In 16 games last season, Taylor had 112 carries for just 267 yards and three touchdowns with 20 receptions for 139 yards out of the backfield.
With Matt Forte the clear No. 1 in the Bears' backfield, and the free agent signing of Marion Barber, Taylor became expendable this offseason. Taylor had six carries for 10 yards in the first two preseason games, but was held out of Saturday night's game against the Tennessee Titans.
UPDATE: The Bears have apparently had a change of heart. Citing a miscommunication with the veteran running back, Taylor has not been released and was back at Halas Hall on Monday. Whether or not that has anything to do with Barber missing today's practice with a calf injury is unknown.