Bears sign Pritchett; Release Milburn

LAKE FOREST, IL - The Chicago Bears signed fullback Stanley Pritchett today and released veteran return man Glyn Milburn.

Pritchett, orginally drafted by Miami in the fourth round of the 1996 draft, played for four seasons in Miami before signing with Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent last season.

As an Eagle, he set a career high with 225 yards rushing on 58 carries in 16 games with two starts. He also caught 25 balls for 193 yards.

The 6-1, 240 pounder out of South Carolina was released by the Eagles prior to the start of the 2001 season. While in Miami,Pritchett appeared in 52 games with 40 starts as lead blocker for Karim Abdul-Jabbar who gained 1,116 yards in 1996, the second-highest total among rookies and third-best ever by a Dolphin.

Milburn, the Bears all-time leader in career kick return yardage, was in his fourth season in Chicago and ninth in the league, playing his first three seasons in Denver and two more in Detroit before joining the Bears in a trade with the Green Bay Packers.

He represented Chicago in the Pro Bowl following the 1999 sesaon. The nine-year pro out of Stanford had 4,596 return yards on 192 returns out-distancing runner-up Dennis Gentry who had 4,353 yards on 192 returns. The 5-8, 176 pounder out of Stanford ranks fourth on the Bears career punt return yardage chart. He has 970 yards on 94 returns (10.3 avg.) behind George McAfee who tops the list with 1,431 yards on 112 returns (12.8 avg.).

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