Patriots Add Receiver Terrell

<P>The Patriots have recruited another player whose career has been something less than distinguished. With a little prompting from the field commander, Tom Brady, the Patriots reportedly have reached an agreement in principle with former Chicago Bears wide receiver, David Terrell. ESPN has confirmed the rumor we&#146;ve been hearing that the two former Wolverines are getting back together. </P>

PHOTO:Chicago Bears receiver David Terrell reacts after a play Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004 during a game with the Washington Redskins. On Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, the Bears released the first-round draft pick after four years of falling short of expectations. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

Patriots Add Receiver Terrell
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According to the reports surfacing, Terrell who was released by the Chicago Bears a few weeks ago (late February), has agreed to join the New England Patriots for the 2005 season. Terrell who has shown flashes of his potential in Chicago was release after 4 seasons for being better known as an underachiever and off field distraction than a playmaker.

By signing Terrell, who went to the University of Michigan with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the team hopes to capture a little of the chemistry these two had during their days in Ann Arbor.

At 6-3, 212 pounds, Terrell is the kind of deep threat, big target receiver the Patriots have been looking for. The question is more about his character and his desire than his potential.

The Bears felt no need to pay a $200,000 roster bonus due to Terrell after picking up former Carolina Panthers’ receiver Muhsin Muhammad, thereby parting ways with the former first round pick.

"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."

By releasing the receiver before the bonus and the June first cuts, the Bears absorbed a $750,000 cap charge for 2005, but will have his salary off the books in 2006.

"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."

In spite of Terrell’s unimpressive statistics in his 4-year stint in the windy city (128 catches for 1,602 yards with 9 touchdowns.), his performance may be related to the system and the players around him. Former Bears quarterback, and 2004 backup to Brady, Jim Miller was the pilot of Chicago’s offense in 2001-2. The Kordell Stewart experiment was under center for 2003. In 2004, Chicago trotted out a roundtable of bodies including Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel, Rex Grossman and career backup Jonathan Quinn.

Is it any surprise Terrell has had a difficult time putting up decent statistics. That should change now that Brady will be throwing him the ball. At least the Patriots are hoping so. Terrell’s one-year contract gives the team an optional upgrade over players like P.K. Sam, and Kevin Kasper. It also addresses a depth problem that came to light when the team release fan favorite Troy Brown, and the Washington Redskins signed David Patten.

Time will tell, but on the surface, this looks like a win-win for all.

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