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QB Matthews Released By Bears

April 24, 2002

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) _ Quarterback Shane Matthews was released by the Bears on Wednesday after six years in Chicago.

The move clears the way for Matthews to sign with Washington, where coach Steve Spurrier, who coached him at Florida, had been pursuing a trade for him. However the Redskins’ intentions may have changed, when they drafted quarterback Patrick Ramsey of Tulane in the first round of last weekend’s draft.

Matthews became expendable when the Bears acquired free agent quarterbacks Chris Chandler from Atlanta and Henry Burris from Green Bay in recent weeks to back up starter Jim Miller.

The 6-foot-3, 196-pounder played in four games in 2001, including three starts. He rallied the Bears to overtime wins in back-to-back weeks against San Francisco and Cleveland.

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