Terrell had a year left on his deal

Updated: March 3, 2005, 1:56 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Wide receiver David Terrell, the eighth overall pick in the 2001 draft, was released by the Chicago Bears on Monday after four seasons of failed expectations.

Terrell ready for new team
David Terrell spoke to ESPN Radio's GameNight on Wednesday about leaving the Chicago Bears.

Terrell on GameNight 

The move came two days after the Bears signed All-Pro receiver Muhsin Muhammad, who was released by the Carolina Panthers.

"It is unfortunate things didn't turnout better for David in Chicago," general manager Jerry Angelo said in a statement. "The bottom line was we needed an upgrade at the receiver position. We were able to add a Pro Bowl wideout this past weekend, and those types of moves can affect others on the team."

Muhammad was cut because the Panthers did not want to pay a $10 million roster bonus due on Tuesday. The Bears will give him a $12 million signing bonus, which is guaranteed money.

Terrell, who had another year left on his contract, started 15 games last season and led the Bears with a career-high 699 receiving yards on 42 receptions with one touchdown. Over four years with the team, he totaled 128 receptions, 1,602 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

"We felt it was in our best interest, and David's, to let him go now," Angelo said. "He will have the advantage of the full free agency period to find another team and I know many will be interested."

Terrell was known for on-field displays, such as hopping a fence and punting the ball toward the stands after scoring a touchdown in the 2002 season opener. In last year's opener, he was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when, after catching a pass, he flipped the ball to a Detroit Lions player on the sideline.

He also had difficulties off the field, pleading guilty earlier this month to negligent driving.

The plea was part of a deal with prosecutors, who agreed to reduce a reckless driving charge. Terrell also pleaded guilty to 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.

Terrell was charged after Chicago police stopped him Nov. 16, claiming he was driving his SUV erratically.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

ALSO SEE