Bears make first move

With several pressing needs the Bears decided to address the tight end position first. The team signed tight end <!--Default For Desmond Clark is to ignore-->Desmond Clark to a six-year deal today.

Clark played in 11 games for the Miami Dolphins last season after spending his first three seasons in the League with Denver where, in 2001, he set career marks with 51 receptions for 566 yards and six touchdowns. He was signed by Miami last year (9/2/02) after being waived injured by the Broncos (8/31/02) with a dislocated left forearm. Clark played in 41 games with six starts in three seasons while in Denver, catching 79 passes for 910 yards and nine touchdowns. He had two receptions for 42 yards for the Dolphins in 2002, making his Miami debut against his former team on Oct. 13 after sitting out inactive for the first five games of the season.

Clark, the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time leading receiver when he capped his four-year career at Wake Forest, had 216 career receptions for 2,834 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Demon Deacons. Playing on the same squad as current Bears tight end Dustin Lyman (Lyman was a first-team all-ACC linebacker), Clark was named second-team all-ACC as a senior when he led the conference and set a school record with 72 receptions.

Bears Re-sign Davis; Pritchett
The Chicago Bears re-signed tight end John Davis and fullback Stanley Pritchett to one-year deals today. Davis caught 20 balls last year for 193 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games with eight starts. He was inactive for the final five weeks of the season with a back injury. Pritchett played in all 16 games in 2002 with two starts. The South Carolina product recorded 19 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown.


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