Bears say goodbye to Booker once more

February 13th, 2009 - 3:22 pm

The Bears parted ways with wide receiver Marty Booker for the second time in his career, opting to cut the receiver after just one disappointing season with the team.

Booker spent the first five seasons of his career with Bears, recording 197 catches in the 2001 and 2002 seasons combined, before being traded to the Miami Dolphins for defensive end Adewale Ogunleye prior to the 2004 season.

After four years with the Dolphins, the Bears welcomed him back with open arms, hoping that he’d bring veteran leadership to a young group of receivers. He only started five games and caught just 14 passes for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Booker’s release and the unlikely return of free agent Brandon Lloyd — while both expected — creates an even bigger hole the Bears must fill this off-season. In addition to finding a playmaker at the position, the Bears must create good depth as well.

The Bears also parted ways with a pair of linebackers, releasing Gilbert Gardner and waiving Marcus Riley.