Moore released

LAKE FOREST, IL – <!--Default NodeId For Damon Moore is 722162,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722162]>Damon Moore</A> has the talent to be a top-flight player, but due in part to trouble off the field the Bears released him Tuesday.

Moore signed with the Bears in April of 2002 after suffering a serious knee injury in the NFC Championship Game, while playing for the Eagles.

After losing Tony Parish the Bears signed Moore, hoping he could challenge Mike Green for the starting strong safety position. However, that never came to fruition. He was a no show at training camp because of personal problems.

Moore, 26, was suspended for the first four games of the 2002 season after failing a drug test. Moore was then arrested in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 4 for drunken driving just hours after his alma mater, Ohio State, won the national championship. He was found guilty.

Moore played in six games with one start last season for the Bears, joining the active roster on Nov. 1, 2002. He moved from the Reserve/Did Not Report list to the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list on Aug. 30, then to the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list Sept. 1. The 5-11, 215 pounder returned to practice Oct. 23.

The fact that the Bears drafted Todd Johnson and Bobby Gray is healthy allowed the Bears to cut Moore.

The team also agreed to terms with undrafted free agent punter Brooks Barnard out of Maryland. Terms of Barnard's deal were not disclosed.

Barnard, a 6-2, 195 pounder out of Maryland, walked on for the Terrapins in 1999 and averaged 42.1 yards per punt on 42 punts. He culminated his college career earning all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors this past season, averaging 43.1 ypp with a long of 60 and 13 inside the 20. He ranked fourth in the nation in 2000 averaging 44.7 yyp with a long of 85 with eight inside the 20 and ranked seventh in 2001 with an average boot of 44.5 ypp with a long of 59 with 17 inside the 20.


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