Chester Taylor Possibly On His Way Out Of Minnesota?

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IApril 27, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 28:  Chester Taylor #29 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates his first down run against the New York Giants on December 28, 2008 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Giants 20-19. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The rumors are circulating through several different Web sites. Currently, I haven't seen that many about Vikings running back, Chester Taylor.

Chester is in the final year of his contract that he was given in the 2006 off-season.

In 2005 with the Ravens, Chester had only 117 yards on the ground. He managed to start in only one game.

Despite the poor season, the Minnesota Vikings loved Chester, and decided to sign him for a four-year deal.

I can't believe it's already been four years since Chester was expected to be the future running back for the Vikings.

When Adrian Peterson was drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 draft, the chances of Chester Taylor being a starter for much longer, had diminished.

Don't get me wrong, Adrian is a much better running back than Chester Taylor, but I still like what Taylor supplies to the offense.

Chester has only fumbled twelve times in his three seasons with the Vikings. He is very good at holding onto the ball. He's also a great change-of-pace back.

The Vikings have one of the better one-two punches in the entire league, but could that be coming to an end in the very near future?

Chester Taylor could be on his way out of Minnesota, though. The Vikings would like to get good value out of him before he gets too old.

Chester is still fairly young at 29-years-old, but running backs typically take a down-slope when they hit age 30. This has happened to LaDainian Tomlinson and Fred Taylor.

I, personally, don't believe that Taylor should be traded. He is a vital key to the success of Minnesota's offense.

There is a good chance that Chester will re-sign for cheap even after his contract expires after the 2009-2010 season.

Minnesota signed Ian Johnson today. Ian is a former Boise State Bronco, that led the WAC in rushing touchdowns.

Ian has very similar size to Chester Taylor. They are both 5"11", and weigh around 210 pounds each.

I have faith that Ian will be a great factor in the future for the Vikings. He's a smart football player and can run excellent through the tackles.

If Chester is traded, I will be disappointed. If we can get a first-round-pick for him, I will be content with it, but anything less than that is not worth it at this point in time.

Feel free to disagree, but I think that Chester must stay in Minnesota. The Vikings will need him to fill-in for A.P. if he's ever hurt or needs a rest.