David Terrell was selected by the Chicago Bears with the No. 8-overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. After being taken that high, the former Michigan wide receiver was expected to be to the Monsters of the Midway what Randy Moss was to Minnesota or Antonio Freeman was to Green Bay in the NFC Central.
By the time 2004 rolled around, however, the Bears were looking elsewhere at the position. Chicago had cut Terrell. The wideout spent 2005 in Denver and has hardly been seen since.
Until now. One of the city of Chicago’s best publications (in this humble writer’s opinion), the RedEye, recently ranked the Bears’ biggest draft busts of all time, and Terrell’s name made the list.
Not exactly the place he would like to be — and he promptly sent the Tribune affiliate an email saying exactly that. From there, an interview was set up in order to clear the air.
First, Terrell wanted to set the record straight regarding why he was so ineffective in his time in Chicago.
I led the league for like the first four games with Rex Grossman at quarterback. Until Rex Grossman breaks his foot against Minnesota. Did you forget that? I think you musta’ forgot about that. Man, I led the league in like every category basically until Rex broke his foot. When Rex broke his foot, after that, the season was over. I caught, I mean, I had nine different quarterbacks after Rex Grossman. I caught a ball from nine different quarterbacks in one year. Did you forget that?
The point he makes is an excellent one. Every Chicago fan has watched their rival Packers only use two quarterbacks over the last 20-plus years in Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
In 2004 alone, Terrell’s final year, Chicago used four starters at the position: Grossman, Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel and Jonathan Quinn.
Basically, Terrell would pretty much have given anything in order to have the relative stability and talent that current Bears starter Jay Cutler brings to the franchise.
“I would have cut off both my balls. I’d give those up, no problem. You could have neutered me. I woulda been neutered with a smile.”
[H/T: Pro Football Talk]