In light of the team’s trade of disappointing 2011 first-round pick Gabe Carimi, RedEye Chicago compiled a list of the biggest busts in Bears history. Terrell, who was selected by the Bears No. 8 overall in 2001, was ranked No. 1 on the list.
The Bears had high expectations when they drafted Terrell, who was one of the best receivers in Michigan history. Terrell became the first ever Wolverine to have multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and he finished his junior season with a school-record 67 receptions, 1,130 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. But with Chicago, Terrell was a disappointment.
Terrell played four seasons with the Bears and never hauled in more than 43 receptions or 699 yards in a single season. He found the end zone nine times during his five-year NFL career, which is probably what fans were expecting him to do in one season.
In protest of his ranking, Terrell emailed RedEye Chicago writer Riley Blevins asking to speak over the phone about the ranking. Terrell just wanted to make sure the writers had their facts straight when they set the list.
Terrell then went on to defend himself and remind Blevins that his career was derailed by injuries and bad quarterbacks.