Wide receiver David Terrell, who was released by the Patriots Saturday, signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos yesterday.
Terrell had signed with the Patriots April 5 after playing five years for the Bears. He was a first-round draft choice of the Bears and eighth overall in 2001, but never made much of a contribution in the Windy City.
''It is nice to have him in and get him started," said coach Mike Shanahan, whose receiving corps has been thinned by injuries. ''He will get a chance to adapt this week and start to get used to a different language."
Terrell has 128 career catches for 1,602 yards with nine touchdowns in 53 regular-season games.
Other ex-Patriots on the move yesterday were defensive back Dexter Reid, who was released by the Colts, and rookie fullback Kyle Eckel, a Naval Academy graduate who was placed on the Dolphins' reserve-military list after being called up by the Navy.
An olive branch?Terrell Owens is ready to end his feud with Donovan McNabb.
Owens and McNabb haven't been on speaking terms throughout the preseason, but the All-Pro wide receiver said in an interview on ESPN that he plans to talk to McNabb before Philadelphia's season opener at Atlanta Monday night.
''It's not that I hate Donovan. I love Donovan. I don't hate him at all," Owens said, speaking publicly for the first time since he returned from a one-week exile from training camp three weeks ago. ''I was just disappointed in a few things. I have the right to do that.
''Everybody speaks out of emotion. Everybody speaks out of frustration. Everybody's done it. That means I'm human. If you want me to go in and say I was wrong, maybe I was. Maybe I wasn't."
Owens started the friction in April when he took a shot at McNabb, saying Owens ''wasn't the guy who got tired in the Super Bowl."
McNabb responded harshly, insisting he didn't get sick and wasn't tired in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 24-21 loss to the Patriots.
After he was banished from camp last month following a heated dispute with coach Andy Reid, Owens again went after McNabb, calling the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback a hypocrite.