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Chargers Trade Shawn Lee to Bears

June 9, 1998

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Defensive tackle Shawn Lee, whose performance has fallen off dramatically the last two years, was traded from the San Diego Chargers to the Chicago Bears on Monday for a fifth-round draft pick in 1999.

Lee had a career-high eight sacks in 1995, then signed a big contract. He had only one sack in 1996 and lost his starting job midway through the season. He started 15 games last season and had three sacks.

Dealing Lee frees up substantial room under the salary cap. Lee, whose contract runs through 2001, is scheduled to earn $1.45 million in base pay this year.

The Chargers are hoping that Reuben Davis returns in top shape from a torn right Achilles tendon suffered in training camp that kept him out all of 1997. John Parrella, the other starting tackle, will start the first year of a four-year, $6.8 million contract extension.

The only other defensive tackles on San Diego’s roster are Norman Hand and Mike Mohring.

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