Black and Blue all over: Taylor's future

Minnesota made a contract offer to free-agent running back DeDe Dorsey before he signed with Detroit this week, prompting Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune to wonder what is the Vikings' plan for backup tailback Chester Taylor.

Taylor's contract expires next month, and he is eligible for unrestricted free agency whether or not the NFL moves to an uncapped season. There is no way the Vikings considered Dorsey a possible replacement, but there's also no guarantee they plan to bring back Taylor, either.

Taylor has been a backup for all but one season of his career and has a relatively small total of 1,028 carries over eight seasons. But he will turn 31 in September and it's not often that you see teams spend significant money on a running back over the age of 30.

There are no obvious replacements on the Vikings' roster. As always, stay tuned.

Continuing around the NFC North: