Moving On

The Bears released tackle Blake Brockermeyer in early April for salary cap reasons saving Chicago $3 million this season. The team attempted to renegotiate a new contract with the veteran, but the two parties were unable to agree on money forcing Brockermeyer into free agency.

It took over two months for 29-year-old to sign with a new team. Brockermeyer has reached an agreement in principle with the Broncos on a seven-year contract that protects the interests of both parties.

In essence, the contract is a one-year deal worth $1.35 million, including a signing bonus of $700,000 and a 2002 base salary of $650,000 according to Brockermeyer could earn up to about $2 million total if he fulfills certain incentive conditions. The Broncos must pay him a bonus of $4 million next spring to exercise options on the remaining years of the contract.

The safeguards were included because Brockermeyer is recovering from off-season shoulder and knee surgeries. The surgery on his right shoulder was extensive, and it now appears Brockermeyer will not be recovered until the beginning of training camp, if then.

His tenuous physical condition, along with the inability of the two sides to strike a deal that would have reduced his 2002 base salary, led to the Bears' decision to release him this spring. Brockermeyer had started all 16 games for Chicago in 2001 and was part of an offensive line that allowed a league-low 17 sacks.

A former University of Texas standout, Brockermeyer was one of three first-round draft picks of the Carolina Panthers in their inaugural 1995 season. He played four seasons for Carolina before moving to Chicago in 1999 as an unrestricted free agent.

For his career, Brockermeyer has appeared in 104 games and started 100 of them.

Terrell charged with simple battery

Bears wide receiver David Terrell was charged with misdemeanor simple battery Thursday morning after an alleged altercation with valet attendants, said Chicago Police spokesman Officer Ozzie Rodriguez.

Police said they were called to a disturbance outside a downtown Chicago nightclub about 2:30 a.m.

Terrell and two other men allegedly got into an argument with valet attendants that turned physical with punches, Rodriguez said. The other two men also were charged with the misdemeanor.

Terrell was the Bears' No. 1 draft pick last season. He caught 34 passes for 415 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games last season.

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