Booker might go down at the most productive Bears receiver of the last 15 years, but his second stint with the team was something to forget.
Booker never regained his Chicago form after being traded to the Dolphins for Adewale Ogunleye following the 2003 season. Obviously management felt it had more to do with the environment than eroding skills…. obviously, they were wrong.
Marty is well represented in the Bears record book finishing 3rd in career receptions, 6th in yards and 8th in TD catches. He even managed to add a few highlights this year with the ridiculous catch in Detroit and the 51 yard TD against the Vikings.
But in the end the Bears needed and expected a lot more than 14 catches for 211 yards. Booker was expected to be a steadying veteran force and instead he kept Earl Bennett on the bench and pushed Mark Bradley out of town.
So as fondly as I and many Bears fans will remember Booker and as hard as it was to let him go the first time, I am certainly not the least bit sorry to wave good-bye the second go round.