Terrell to Land with Champs

While there was a collective cheer in Chicago when the Bears released David Terrell, things may be turning around for the brash receiver. There are reports Terrell has inked a one-year deal with the New England Patriots.

In going to New England, Terrell would be reunited with Tom Brady, a teammate from his days at the University of Michigan.

The Patriots have lost David Patten in free agency and released Troy Brown, which means Terrell is likely to be the third wideout on the depth chart. A role he's much more suited for compared to being the No. 1 receiver the Bears hoped he would become.

After four disappointing seasons, the Bears cut ties with Terrell on February 28th. He was due a $200,000 roster bonus on the day the team decided to release him and the addition of Muhsin Muhammad paved the way to make the move. By terminating the last year of Terrell's contract the team freed up $750,000 of salary cap space.

The eighth overall pick in the 2001 draft never lived up to expectations and was often quick to point the finger elsewhere for his struggles.

Although 2004 saw Terrell produce a career-high in receiving yards (699) only one of his 42 receptions resulted in a touchdown. He never caught more than 43 balls in a season and often drew headlines for his antics on and off the field rather than his play.

Terrell led the team with11 penalties. The '04 opener summed up Terrell's tenure in Chicago. While he had the best game of his career with five receptions for 126 yards, he was penalized for offensive pass interference on the first play from the line of scrimmage. Later in the game he drew a flag for flipping the ball toward a Lions player along the sideline.

Later in the season he was fined $5,000 for tossing the ball in the direction of Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.

Away from the game, Terrell also showed a lack of discipline. In June of ‘02, he was charged with misdemeanor battery after an incident with a valet over his car keys. The charge later was dropped.

Last November, he was arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to negligent driving, driving on a suspended license, failure to stay in his lane and failure to yield. He was fined $1,050 and placed on court supervision for six months.

Despite backing Terrell publicly, neither GM Jerry Angelo nor head coach Lovie Smith had any ties to the 26-year old.

Selected by the late Mark Hatley, the Bears' former vice president of player personnel, Terrell finished four pedestrian years in Chicago with 128 receptions for 1,602 yards and 9 touchdowns in 53 games.

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