Alain Poupart: Marty Booker had an up-and-down four-year stay with the Dolphins, and it's fair to say he wasn't nearly as impressive as Miami had hoped based on the big numbers he had put up with the Bears earlier in his career. Booker had one good season out of four and the rest of the time he was mediocre at best, dropping more passes than a starting wideout should and just not making many big plays overall. Of course, some of that can be blamed on the Dolphins' bad quarterback play, but Booker doesn't go without blame himself.
The reason he was released is very simple: It had to do with his scheduled base salary of $4.3 million for 2008. That's entirely too much money for a receiver who right now is at best a marginal No. 2 receiver – if not a No. 3.
As for the trade, remember that the Dolphins also got a third-round pick with Booker when they sent DE Adewale Ogunleye to the Bears. Based on the results, it's a trade that didn't work out particularly well for Miami because Booker underachieved – or just wasn't as good as the Dolphins thought – and they wasted the third-round pick by trading it to St. Louis for RB Lamar Gordon, who played a couple of games before sustaining a shoulder injury. Miami has made many, many bad moves over the last several years, but I'm not going to hammer them over that one. They got what seemed like pretty good return for a defensive end with ability, but one who also benefited greatly from playing opposite Jason Taylor.
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JC's Take: Even though Booker was a popular and productive player for the Midway Monsters, I'm not so sure that bringing him back to the Windy City would improve the receiving corps.
Everything depends on what happens to Bernard Berrian, who could very well bolt via free agency and leave the depth chart looking awfully destitute in his wake. Booker isn't going to replace Berrian as a deep threat, as that responsibility would likely be shared by Mark Bradley and Devin Hester. And since the Bears already have a veteran possession target in Muhsin Muhammad, adding Booker seems to make even less sense since GM Jerry Angelo doesn't like to stockpile offensive weapons with similar traits.
He only averaged 49 catches for 657 receiving yards and less than three touchdowns in four seasons for the Dolphins, so it's not like they'd be getting back the player who reeled in 197 balls for 2,260 yards and 14 TDs as a Bear in 2001-02.