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The news many Dolphins fans feared has finally been crystallized. Reggie Bush is not coming back to Miami. This is still technically just a reported rumor, but with Bush fielding attention from multiple teams (Arizona and Detroit have both reportedly shown interest), it's unlikely the Dolphins will attempt to match his market value.
That leaves Miami with Lamar Miller, the young, exciting back from the University of Miami, and Daniel Thomas, the injury-prone, two-year runner who has been lukewarm at best so far.
Therefore, it's not beyond consideration that Miami could have an eye on free agent running backs. Stephen Jackson is the biggest name available, but he'll likely be too expensive and he still wants to start somewhere.
That leaves a handful of players for Miami to peruse. Rumors say the Dolphins are interested in Rashard Mendenhall, but as I pointed out in January, that would be a mistake. Mendenhall was a decent back before suffering a serious knee injury two years ago. He hasn't been the same since. Thanks, but no thanks.
Meanwhile, I caught a bit of flak with readers last week when I suggested the Dolphins take a look at Felix Jones, and perhaps rightly so. Jones is known for his questionable durability and has never quite lived up to his potential.
However, he was injury-free last year and was a solid complement to DeMarco Murray. I still believe that if he can remain healthy, Jones could be a beneficial backup to Lamar Miller.
It should be noted, though, that if Miami truly wants to find a second running back to split time with Miller, or even just a guy who can provide a change of pace, then it should wait until the draft. This year's draft class of running backs may not be that much more impressive than free agency's, but the rookies would at least be younger and have a chance at a fresh start.