Done Deal: Ogunleye headed to Chicago

Chicago - The Bears flirted with acquiring DE Adewale Ogunleye from Miami since March, but in the end it took trading a Pro Bowl receiver to address an anemic pass rush.

"It's a good day for us and obviously a sad day as well because Marty Booker will be sorely missed," said Bears GM Jerry Angelo. "But to get a valued player you have to be willing to give up value and we were looking for the rewards in this and we feel very good about what the prospects of what happened."

The Bears are in desperate need of a pass rush. Chicago's 18 sacks in 2003 were just three more than Adewale Ogunleye's total.

Angelo tried to address the need in free agency. After a brief run at Jevon Kearse the Bears used the bulk of their cap room on John Tait.

After multiple off-season workouts and a three-week training camp the Bears felt defensive end had to be addressed.

"We just felt that the defensive line was our number one need and we only have to look at free agency to look at the premium a pass rusher brings on the open market," Angelo said. "As we all know we've been looking for that pass rusher for quite sometime."

The AFC's reigning sack leader came up with 15 sacks in 2003 and has 24.5 sacks over the past two seasons.

It appeared getting a contract extension for the former undrafted free agent out of Indiana might have been a deal breaker, as the Bears imposed an 11 p.m. (CST) deadline to get the deal done.

However things moved along quickly and Ogunleye agreed to a six-year deal with $33.4 million with $15 million in guaranteed money. He received $10 million immediately and gets $5 million more in bonus money at the end of the season.

The six-foot-4, 260 pounder has missed all of the Dolphins off-season workouts and training camp because he did not sign Miami's one-year $1.824 million tender offer as a restricted free agent.

Talks with the Dolphins started in the middle of the week with things picking up Saturday. The sides discussed various options as Miami reportedly tried to land both Marty Booker and Anthony Thomas. The compromise became Booker and a third-round choice in the 2005 draft.

With Ogunleye at left end, Michael Haynes and Alex Brown will compete for the starting job on the right side. Although Brown has the inside track, Lovie Smith's high paced scheme will still call for a rotation.

"I've talked all along about how important it is to have a great defensive line and we had a chance to get a three-year guy, a double-digit sack player, a guy that's on the rise," Smith said. "The way we play we need as many good defensive ends as we can possibly get and we feel a lot better about the position now."

Dealing Booker means David Terrell is the most experienced among the remaining receivers. He will be counted on to live up to being a first-round pick.

"I'm ready for any role whether it's a leader or whatever," Terrell said. "My play on the field will take care of everything."

The Bears felt their depth at wideout was good enough to give up an established veteran.

"Everybody has to step up (in Booker's absence), Angelo said.

Bobby Wade will step into the starting lineup for now, but Justin Gage could also be given a look at the Z.

Booker caught 315 balls for the Bears in five seasons, including 197 receptions between 2001 and 2002. He did everything for the offense from a receiver standpoint. Catching the deep ball, going over the middle, blocking and on occasion throwing a pass. Due to injury problems his production dropped last year to just 53 receptions.

"Marty's a huge player," Rex Grossman said. "There's two sides to this coin and for the most part we're hoping for big things, we're hoping for big things from Mr. Ogunleye because we lost a big receiver."


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