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Jerry Angelo disputes report Chester Taylor is on his way out

Chester Taylor

Chicago Bears running back Chester Taylor (29) reacts after rushing one yard for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football game in the snow on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


A report surfaced after the Bears NFC Championship loss that the team would cut ties with running back Chester Taylor.

I don’t know why that was reported,” Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. “Is that to say he’s a lock to be on this football team in 2011? Very few players are a lock.”

Vikings fans missed Taylor last season, but he wasn’t worth the money in Chicago. The Bears guaranteed him $7 million and he wound up averaging 2.38 yards-per-carry. Still, there’s not much point in dumping him now with a low base salary scheduled for 2011.

“Players have to earn their way on the team irrelevant of what their status is coming into the season,” Angelo said. “But there’s no target on Chester Taylor.”

Taylor figures to at least get his chance to make the team with a solid training camp.

(Everybody now: “If there is a training camp!”)