One of the Miami Dolphins' most highly productive offensive playmakers has been one of their lowest priorities this offseason.
A source close to Reggie Bush said this week that Bush still badly wants to return to Miami, and his camp is confused as to why the Dolphins haven't even made an offer yet.
The Dolphins expect big things out of Lamar Miller in his second year next season, and it's possible that even if Bush does return, he would have a limited role in the offense. But Bush, who was in Beijing last week as part of an NFL China initiative, has been essentially campaigning to return on his Twitter feed, particularly given a recent report that he is unlikely to be brought back. An example of the types of messages he has retweeted to his 2.75 million followers:
"RT @chefdruker: @MiamiDolphins we need @reggie_bush in Miami. Do what's right! He's a leader & that is worth the money!"
This doesn't come as much of a surprise from this perspective. I wrote almost two weeks ago that investing top dollar in an aging running back would probably not be at the top of the offseason agenda.
Bush has had unquestionably the two best seasons of his career since joining the Dolphins. Despite that, the Dolphins are just 13-19.
Granted, much of their struggle has to do with the quarterback position, which leads me to the next question: Do the Dolphins already know that their money can be better spent elsewhere?
If the Dolphins want to improve the passing game, maybe they should take the money they might have otherwise spent on Bush and allocate it to the wide receiver position. That being said, the Dolphins have the space to be a bit liberal with how they spend their money. With over $35 million in cap space, they can afford to make more than a few splashes on key players.
In failing to even offer him a contract, the Dolphins are indicating Bush is not one of those players.
Here is some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.
Greg A. Bedard of The Boston Globe puts together an offseason to-do list for the Patriots.
Bleacher Report Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault sets the odds on the Patriots targeting six key free agents.
Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com delivers a 12-pack offseason wish list for the Jets.
Conor Orr of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger writes that the Jets will have the 19th-toughest (or 14th-easiest) schedule in 2013.
Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com examines the Bills' shaky situation at wide receiver, looking at the current roster and options for filling those holes.
B/R Bills featured columnist Ryan Talbot delivers a mock draft roundup focusing on whom the experts are predicting the Bills to pick.
Chris Trapasso of AFC East Daily delivers an offseason primer of free agents, points of emphasis and more.
Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald ponders whether the pending vote for stadium upgrades at SunLife Stadium will create a sense of urgency among the Dolphins front office to impress the fans and the voters.
B/R Dolphins featured columnist Thomas Galicia explains why he thinks Reggie Bush is not expendable for the Dolphins.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise specified, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.