Biggs: Vikings still hoping to keep RB Taylor

Negotiations between the Minnesota Vikings and Ken Sarnoff, the agent for running back Chester Taylor, continued on Wednesday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, with the team hopeful of keeping him off the open market.

Taylor will be an unrestricted free agent if no deal is in place before the clock strikes midnight. It’s believed there will be considerable interest for him if he becomes available, but what’s waiting for Taylor remains to be seen. Chances are strong Taylor will at least test the open market before returning to the Vikings. If a player has come this far – within about 12 hours of free agency – what would possibly motivate him to not at least see what is out there? Taylor is coming off a $14 million, four-year contract. One source said he's seeking a similar contract, but he's 30 and may not be in a position to be a clear starter.

The Chicago Bears will likely have interest in Taylor as they look to improve their ground attack. Taylor also fits what offensive coordinator Mike Martz looks for in a back because he’s a skilled receiver and can handle pass protection responsibilities.

According to the report, Buffalo, Denver, Houston, Kansas City and Pittsburgh could also pursue Taylor. We’ll find out soon enough.

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