Time for Terrell to Take a Hike

David Terrell acts a lot like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, but with one important difference. He's never come close to the production, yet he continues to make mistakes on and off the field. His latest gaff should be the final straw.

David Terrell was due in court on Friday morning stemming from his Nov. 16 arrest after being cited for reckless driving, failure to yield, driving with a suspended license, failure to stay in his lane and driving without insurance or registration.

For the second time in a little over a month, Terrell was late for a hearing. This time, Judge Rhoda Davis issued an arrest warrant so when Terrell showed 3-4 hours late he was consequently hauled off in handcuffs.

Of course there's an excuse, a miscommunication, but that shouldn't surprise anyone considering Terrell's past. He's made nothing but excuses for his behavior and lack of production.

Terrell originally called it "just a driving ticket," but Bears general manager Jerry Angelo called his starting wide receiver's arrest in November "inexcusable."

Angelo has no loyalty to Terrell considering he took over as the team's personnel chief and draft boss weeks after the Michigan product was selected in the first round (eighth overall) in 2001.

Is it worth keeping a receiver around that has a career high 43 receptions in four seasons? Granted, Terrell was the best receiver on the roster once Marty Booker was traded, but that speaks more to the lack of talent at the position rather than anything complimentary about his skill. At best Terrell is a number two wideout and it appears more that he's no more than a third option on a good team.

The Bears are going to have to address receiver in free agency or the draft whether Terrell's apart of the team or not.

He's more of a distraction than anything. If Angelo wants to keep to his word of having character guys on the roster, Terrell shouldn't be part of the equation.

Terrell had multiple suspensions of his license in 2004. In June of ‘'02, he was charged with misdemeanor battery after an incident with a valet. The charge later was dropped. A lack of discipline was also apparent on the field. Terrell led the team with 11 penalties and was fined $5,000 for tossing the ball in the direction of Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. There were also numerous dropped passes.

At his closing press conference Lovie Smith backed Terrell.

"David Terrell played hard each down that we asked him to as far as I am concerned," Smith said.

Terrell's contract is up after next season, but the question should now be whether he has played his last game for the Bears.


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