Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Finances and Bush's fate
By Tom Carpenter
One of the more interesting free agents to watch in the coming weeks will be running back Reggie Bush. He will turn 28 this spring, but he doesn't have a ton of mileage on his body (1,339 touches in seven seasons). He toted the pill a career-high 227 times in 2012 and didn't miss a game for the first time since his rookie campaign, but there are still questions about whether he can be a genuine workhorse back. There is little doubt that on the right team, he could be a big-time playmaker, which means there is a good chance he will draw plenty of interest from teams in need of such a back -- the Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets all come to mind.
Dave George of the Palm Beach Post thinks the Dolphins can't afford to lose Bush's talents, so they must find a way to keep him.
"We’re talking, remember, about a Dolphins offense that ranked 27th in the league in total offense under rookie Ryan Tannehill," he wrote. "The NFL requires quick-strike potential these days in order to break out of the pack, and Bush accounted for 60 percent of the Miami runs that went for more than 20 yards last season."
The catch, though, is money. And if Bush gets an aggressive free-agent offer, ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker thinks the RB will take his talents away from South Beach:
James WalkerMorning Take
"It all comes down to Bush's price tag. The Dolphins appear comfortable going with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas next season. Miami will offer a team-friendly contract but won't extend much further."