Chester Taylor enjoyed his time with the Minnesota Vikings.
But he said he’s ready for a new adventure with the Bears.
“Chicago has real talent,” Taylor told the Sun-Times. “Every time we played them, they gave us trouble.
“I just wanted a fresh start. I wanted to come out here and get the opportunity to compete and play a lot more.”
Taylor, though, made clear that he did not demand to be the starting running back ahead of incumbent Matt Forte.
“I didn’t come here like that,” he said. “He’s a great player. I’ll come in with the mindset that we’re teammates, but we’ll compete.”
Besides, he said, depth is key at his position.
“Running backs go down a lot. You got to have two maybe three running backs,” he said. “It’s a long season.”
Taylor said he enjoyed playing with Adrian Peterson in Minnesota and learning from Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy.
“It was a good experience,” he said of his four seasons with the Vikings.
But Taylor said Chicago was also appealing because it’s not too far from his family in Detroit, and he’s always enjoyed the city and fans.
“Other than football, I love the city,” he said. “There’s always something to do. Great food. Great restaurants.
“Every time we played them here, no matter how cold, the fans were always out here.”
Meanwhile, with free agency just underway, Ken Sarnoff has been arguably the busiest agent thus far. Sarnoff landed his client, receiver Nate Burleson, a five-year, $25 million contract with the Detroit Lions. The deal reportedly included $11 million in guarantees. Then, he flew to Chicago to finalize Taylor’s $12.5 million deal with the Bears. On Saturday, he’ll take an early flight Detroit.
Sarnoff, though, had one happy client on Friday.
“I’m excited,” Taylor said. “I was out of free agency real quick. It’s great to have another job right now.”