The University of Nebraska product has spent five seasons in the NFL, playing for Indianapolis last year after four campaigns with the New York Giants. After recording 26 tackles, including one sack, while playing 14 games with the Colts in 2001, Peter has compiled 123 tackles (72 solos) and three sacks in 69 games played (31 starts) during his NFL career.
Peter's best season came in 2000 in his final year with the Giants as he posted 37 tackles (23 solos) and one sack while starting 15 of 16 regular season games. The native of Locust, N.J. also appeared in all three playoff contests for New York that season, including Super Bowl XXXV vs. Baltimore. Peter was originally drafted by New England in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft.
The Bears also have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with third-round draft pick Terrence Metcalf. The 6-3, 320-pound tackle/guard is the second of the Bears' nine 2002 draft picks to sign after fellow third-round selection Roosevelt Williams signed on June 28.
Metcalf was a two-time first-team all-America and all-SEC selection during his collegiate career at Ole Miss. He started 44 of 50 games at left tackle during his four-plus years with the Rebels, including one medical redshirt season in which he started all three games in which he played.
The seven remaining unsigned Bears draft choices include tackle Marc Colombo (1st round, 29th overall), defensive end Alex Brown (4th, 104th), safety Bobby Gray (5th, 140th), linebacker Bryan Knight (5th, 165th), running back Adrian Peterson (6th, 199th), wide receiver Jamin Elliott (6th, 203rd) and tight end Bryan Fletcher (6th, 210th).
The Bears also claimed FB Gregg Kellett from the Colts on Thursday. A tight end during his college years at Marshall, Kellett was originally signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on April 26.
The 6-3, 255-pounder caught 61 passes for 779 yards and three touchdowns during his four-year career with the Thundering Herd. Kellett ranked fourth among Herd receivers with 25 catches for 336 yards as a senior after averaging 12 receptions and 147.7 receiving yards during his first three campaigns.