Pay Dirt

Marty Booker broke a team record with 100 receptions last season while leading the Bears to the NFC Central crown. Booker, a third-round pick in 1999, broke the bank Friday with the largest contract in Bears history.

Booker signed a 7-year deal worth a reported $28 million including a $5.5 million signing bonus. The contract will keep the fourth-year wide receiver with the club through the 2008 season.

Booker, who had never caught more than 47 balls before last season, tallied a career-high 100 receptions in 2001, good for 1,071 yards and eight touchdowns while starting all 16 regular season games.

The Northwest Louisiana product took over as Chicago's number one wide receiver after Marcus Robinson went down with a knee injury in week five. Booker produced his best game last season when he posted 3 touchdowns and 165 yards in a win over Tampa Bay.

Bears general manager Jerry Angelo will now look to lock up G Rex Tucker and LB Rosie Colvin with long-term contracts. 20 of Chicago's 22 starters are signed through the 2003 season. The only two restricted free agents the Bears will have to worry about following the upcoming campaign are wide receiver Dez White and strong safety Mike Green.


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