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Bears make another RB move, sign Lorenzo Booker

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The Bears spent big running back money Monday on Matt Forte. This one is slightly more affordable.

The Bears announced they had agreed to terms with former third-round pick Lorenzo Booker, who has been with the Dolphins and Vikings.

Booker has experience as a third-down back and a kick returner, but the Bears signed former Falcons return man Eric Weems this offseason as well.

To make room for Booker on the roster, they released running back Alvester Alexander, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Wyoming.

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7 Responses to “Bears make another RB move, sign Lorenzo Booker”
  1. t2live says: Jul 17, 2012 4:04 PM

    Wasnt he the #1 running back coming out of high school? What happened to this guy? He went to Florida State and then faded into oblivion.

  2. thcnote says: Jul 17, 2012 4:06 PM

    The final piece of the Super Bowl puzzle.

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 17, 2012 4:10 PM

    He’s pretty good in short doses. He’ll look great in the preseason.

  4. illiniftw says: Jul 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    There must be something about Kalil Bell that the coaches or management doesn’t like. He’s seemed decent every chance he has had, but they never seem comfortable having him be the #2 or 3 RB

  5. jpiro says: Jul 17, 2012 4:29 PM

    FSU and Bears fan here. Lorenzo was highly touted out of HS, but ran behind some truly awful offensive lines while at FSU and largely under the truly awful offensive scheme of Jeff Bowden as well.

    It’s not all other people’s faults though. Booker is quick and shifty, but falls down with VERY little contact. Personally, I thought he should have been moved to slot receiver during his career here. He’s better in space than trying to make it past the part of the field where arms can trip you up and, when you’re Lorenzo, often do.

    Can’t imagine him being more than a special teamer and 3rd down back insurance policy in case Forte is injured and the Bears need to platoon Bush & Booker.

  6. toonsterwu says: Jul 17, 2012 5:37 PM

    I’m actually quite fascinated with the addition of Booker. I’ve long preferred a shiftier backup option in the backfield, someone who is good in the passing game while able to operate out of more open sets. Someone who can give Forte a break on 3rd downs, perhaps making him stronger at the end of the year.

    Michael Bush is a very capable backup for the heavy duty, b/w the tackle work, and Booker could be that shifty guy to add to the mix. Of course, he has to beat out Harvey Unga, Kahlil Bell, and Armando Allen to secure that 3rd spot (hard to see Booker kept around as a 4th RB).

  7. Frazier28/7 says: Jul 17, 2012 6:24 PM

    Decent back-up at RB.

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