Monroe’s Lockette signed by NFL’s Bears

Ricardo Lockette

Ricardo Lockette

CHICAGO — Albany’s Ricardo Lockette wasn’t out of work for very long.

Lockette, the Monroe alum and former Fort Valley state two-sport star, was picked up by the Chicago Bears on Sunday just 10 days after being cut by the team he spent the last year with, the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco signed Lockette after he was originally cut in 2012 by the Seattle Seahawks, who inked him as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

“Excited about this upcoming season … glad I will have a home,” Lockette tweeted Sunday. “Proud to be a Chicago Bear!!!”

His signing by the Bears, or anyone for that matter, is not surprising. Lockette tied for the fastest 40-yard dash time by a WR at the 2011 NFL Combine (4.37). He also won an NCAA Division II track title while playing football and running track & field at FVSU. And in his brief chances with the Seattle Seahawks, both of his career catches were for long yardage, one of which went for a TD.

Many felt he had a great shot to make the 49ers’ primary roster this season after he spent the offseason working out with San Fran starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The duo also have become good friends off the field, buying a house together this summer. Lockette told The Herald in July that they’d been spending long hours studying the playbook, and he hoped it would pay off in the form of a starting job.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh even raved about the 6-foot-2, 211-pound speedster during the NFL owners’ meeting in March.

“There is something special there,” Harbaugh told reporters when asked about Lockette. “I can feel it.”