Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Buzz on Bush's destination
By Tim Kavanagh
As the offseason has proceeded, we've continued to get hints regarding the Miami Dolphins' plans for impending free agent RB Reggie Bush. Though Bush has been productive during his two seasons in Miami -- including 2,072 yards rushing, 588 yards receiving and 15 total TDs -- there are some who believe he wants more than they're willing to pay.
In fact, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports has reported that it's "highly unlikely" that Bush will be back for Joe Philbin's club in 2013.
If that's the case, where will he wind up? A number of teams are looking for help at RB this offseason, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Green Bay, Indianapolis, the Jets and Pittsburgh, though some of those teams won't be a fit given the amount of money it will likely require to land Bush. It's a two-way street, obviously, and though the contract figures will be an aspect of Bush's decision, he may feel more inclined to sign with a contender, which would eliminate some other teams from the mix. Moreover, Bush grew up in Southern California before attending USC and basing his pro career in New Orleans and Miami. It would seem that clubs based in warm-weather cities may have a natural advantage, all other things being equal.
Here's ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker with more on the situation from Miami's perspective:
James WalkerMiami moving on?
"Miami feels it has a good enough tandem in Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. Bush wants to cash in after rushing for more than 2,000 yards the past two seasons. He is a solid leader but Miami will not overpay for his services."