Blockbuster in the Works: Booker for Ogunleye?

Jay Glazer from FoxSports.com is reporting that the Bears will send receiver Marty Booker and a third-round pick in the 2005 draft to Miami for DE Adewale Ogunleye. However the deal is contingent on the Bears working out a contract extension with the current holdout by 6 p.m. (CST).

The lack of a pass rush forced the Bears to make a trade this week, but picking up an undrafted free agent pails in comparison to dealing for the AFC's reigning sack leader.

Both players in the reported deal have been to the Pro Bowl. Ogunleye has 24.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Booker had 197 catches between 2001 and 2002, but due to injury problems his production dropped to just 53 receptions a year ago.

Ogunleye was looking for more than $1.824 million tender offer as a restricted free agent. The Dolphins have not budged from their original offer and thus Ogunleye has been a contract holdout.

The Bears had been tied to rumors with Miami, but it appeared GM Jerry Angelo was trying to include RB Anthony Thomas in a deal for Ogunleye.

The kink in the deal now appears to be getting a contract worked out by a 6 p.m. deadline. Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Ogunleye would not sign off on a trade unless given a contract extension.

The Bears only have about $1 million under the salary cap and Ogunleye is seeking a $10 million bonus. Chicago would also have to absorb the remaining prorated bonus from the deal Booker signed in June of 2002. The 7-year $28 million contract included a $5.5 million signing bonus.

However the Miami Herald reported earlier that Ogunleye is willing to take guaranteed bonus money in several increments rather than all at once.

Miami has a couple of holes to fill with the retirement of RB Ricky Williams and losing WR David Boston for the year during a non-contact drill.

A three-man rotation of Brown, Haynes and Ogunleye could be what Lovie Smith needs to wreak havoc on the quarterback and make his defense work.


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