Marty Booker next to meet with Patriots
First it was Larry Izzo and Damon Huard all those years ago and that was a little annoying, especially when Izzo and Huard sent their former Dolphins teammates a picture of themselves holding their Super Bowl rings.
Then it was Heath Evans. Then it was Wes Welker. And Sammy Morris. Then yesterday the Patriots offer Zach Thomas a contract. And today the team is hosting Marty Booker on a free agent visit.
What is it with the Patriots and their apparent Dolphins infatuation?
Booker, who was cut eight days ago by the Dolphins, is visiting Foxboro this afternoon as that team sees whether he fits. The Chicago Bears are also apparently interested in Booker.
Booker, who caught 50 passes for 556 yards, didn't have a very good season in 2007. Who on the Dolphins did? But he does have a history of playing very well against the Patriots and that is perhaps one reason they are interested.
Booker has had three games in which he gained 100 yards against New England. he caught seven passes for 123 yards against the Pats on Oct. 10, 2004. He caught five passes for 102 yards on Nov. 13, 2005 and he had eight reception for 103 yards against New England on Dec. 10, 2006.
The Patriots have interest in receivers because they may soon cut Donte' Stallworth. Stallworth is due a $6 million bonus next week and another $2 million only days after that. It is very, very, very unlikely the Pats will pay those bonuses to keep Stallworth.
So the Patriots obviously want to see if Booker is a fit, particularly since catching passes from Tom Brady will make him a much better receiver than he ever was catching passes from Cleo Lemon or Trent Green or Sage Rosenfels, or Brian Griese or Daunte Culpepper or Gus Frerotte in Miami.