LAKE FOREST, IL - The Chicago Bears announced that cornerback R.W.
McQuarters signed a five-year contract today, extending him through the 2006
season. The deal is worth $21 million with a $5.5 million signing bonus.
McQuarters, who was acquired via trade with the San Francisco 49ers
in 2000 for a 2001 conditional draft pick, had a career year in 2001 with
personal bests in interceptions, tackles, passes defended and starts. He led
the Bears defense with 21 passes defended to go with three interceptions in
16 starts, surpassing his previous three years combined. He had nine passes
defended his rookie season in San Francisco followed by four in 1999 and
three in his first year in Chicago for a total of 16. McQuarters finished
third on the team in tackles with a career-high 89 stops (57 solo, 25
assisted, six tackles-for-loss and one quarterback sack). His three
interceptions this season also surpass the total from his previous three
seasons combined. He had one pick in 1999 and one in 2000 for the Bears.
McQuarters scored his second touchdown as a Bear in 2001, picking up
a fumble and returning it 69 yards for a score against Arizona (10/14). In
the final game of the 2000 season at Detroit, he scored a touchdown on a
61-yard interception return and recorded his first career sack en route to
earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.