Bears Cut Ties with Terrell

The Bears signed a Pro Bowl receiver over the weekend, which cleared the way to release David Terrell in the best interest of both sides.

The former eighth overall pick in the 2001 draft out of Michigan was a bust in every sense of the word. He never caught more than 43 balls in a season and finishes four pedestrian years in Chicago with 128 receptions for 1,602 yards and 9 touchdowns in 53 games.

"It is unfortunate things didn't turn out better for David in Chicago," said general manager Jerry Angelo. "Our decision to release David had nothing to do with his passion for the game or the effort he gave us on Sunday. He brought a lot of energy to the game. He also was one of our leading contributors in our community programs."

"We felt it was in our best interest, and David's, to let him go now. He will have the advantage of the full free agency period to find another team and I know many will be interested."

Terrell was due a $200,000 roster bonus Monday and considering he might not be a starter or even make the team it was time to part ways. By terminating the last year of Terrell's rookie contract the team will save $725,000 on the '05 salary cap.

Angelo had said late last week he didn't expect to make any salary cap cuts before the start of free agency, but that changed when the Bears gave Muhsin Muhammad a six-year $30 million contract on Saturday.

"We were able to add a Pro Bowl wideout this pass weekend, and those types of moves can affect others on the team," Angelo said.

The 31-year old is expected team's go-to receiver and will be asked to anchor a young receiving core. He made his second career Pro Bowl in 2004 after leading NFL receivers in yardage (1,405) and touchdowns (16) on 93 receptions.

The Bears want to see more of Justin Gage and Bernard Berrian challenge for a starting role and could add another receiver on the first day of the draft.

Bobby Wade is expected to move down to the third receiver as opposed to the starting role he assumed when the Bears traded Marty Booker.

At this point the Bears still plan on pursing a veteran quarterback and possibly a tackle in free agency. There is still enough room for a minor addition, but before any big moves can be made the team would have to clear access room under the cap. Meaning R.W. McQuarters and Rex Tucker could still be in jeopardy of being released.


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