Is Jonathan Taylor even healthy?
We've spoken already about the high cost associated with the Chicago Bears acquiring Jonathan Taylor, both in terms of draft picks and contract money. To pull the trigger on a move like that, you have to be certain that the player you're investing in is going to be worth it.
Jonathan Taylor was hampered for much of 2022 with an ankle injury, and that injury was serious enough that he required offseason surgery. He's currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and though he denied it, reports surfaced last week that he was dealing with a back injury.
Any traded player must pass a physical for his new team. We can assume Taylor will pass one, otherwise this entire exercise is for nothing, but that doesn't mean that he's fully healthy, and it doesn't mean he's in the same shape he was in 2021 when he was an All-Pro.
Given these injury concerns, Taylor is far from a sure thing. Bears fans finally have legitimate optimism heading into a season, and the last thing they need is a question mark, let alone an expensive one.
Jonathan Taylor is a very good player, but he's not right for the Chicago Bears. He's too expensive, and his presence will dominate the running back position in a way that will greatly diminish Herbert, Foreman, and Johnson. Integrating him into the offense with the season less than three weeks away breaks up the continuity the team has built this offseason, and besides, we don't even know if he's healthy.
Jonathan Taylor should have many years left as a top-tier running back, but he's just not a fit for the Chicago Bears right now. Ryan Poles is always looking to improve the team, but we've waited months for this season to begin. Let's see what this team can do.