Terrell had a year left on his deal

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.

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

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.