The Vikings would like to keep Chester Taylor. The veteran running back is a good fit for offensive coordinator Mike Martz's new scheme in Chicago, as well.
"Chester Taylor brings so much to this football team. He's like the unsung hero of the offense," Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The 31-year-old is an unrestricted free agent. Given the lack of available free agents because of status of the collective bargaining agreement, Taylor could be in great demand.
Establishing his worth could be difficult. He is an older player, but he has not been a featured back lately and therefore hasn't taken the beating typical of backs his age. He would like to start but that might not be in the offing, either. Chances are, he'll end up playing a dual role like he did in Minnesota with Adrian Peterson.
His pass-catching ability might make him attractive to the Bears, who could use an alternative to Matt Forte. Willie Parker, Larry Johnson and Kevin Faulk are also available.
"He may be, as we look and we evaluate all the free agents out there, one of the top free agent backs coming out," Spielman told the paper. "Especially in that role he plays in third down, it's so valuable for us."
Taylor earned $3.6 million last season and likely seeks a deal for as much or more this coming season given his productivity and lack of quality free agents at his position.