Running back Chester Taylor is expected to visit with the Bears Friday, according to a league source.
Taylor spent the last four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, starting 15 games in 2006 and gaining 1,216 rushing yards.
But the Vikings selected Adrian Peterson with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, believing they couldn't let him slide past them. But since then, Taylor has served as a valuable backup, particularly on third downs because of his ability to block, run and catch the ball.
Taylor would seem an ideal fit to complement Matt Forte in Mike Martz's offense, which highlights the running back position.
Taylor is one of the most coveted offensive unrestricted free agents. Although he will turn 31 in September, Taylor has minimal mileage.
In addition, Taylor's stock increased because the San Diego Chargers placed a first- and third-round tender on Darren Sproles.