According to a report from ESPN.com, free-agent running back Reggie Bush will not return to Miami next season. The article says that three teams contacted Bush at midnight on Saturday, but the Dolphins were not one of them.
Bush had another solid season for the Dolphins, rushing for 986 yards and six touchdowns. Most importantly, he managed to stay healthy and played in every game of the 2012 season.
Bush's receiving numbers have decreased since his rookie season in New Orleans, but he's caught 372 passes for over 2,700 yards and 15 touchdowns in seven seasons. He has the ability to be an excellent receiver out of the backfield in the right system.
The right system happens to be the system that the New York Jets are implementing. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg would love to have a player like Bush in his backfield. Mornhinweg's West Coast offense requires a running back that has good hands and route running ability.
Bush could be the back the Jets are looking for.
The biggest question with Bush is how much money he will demand. The Jets only have about $6 million in cap space to work with, and Bush might ask for more than they can afford.
The Jets will likely let the market define Bush's value. And per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the market is "strong" for Bush, with the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals also showing interest. Both teams are desperate for help at running back, which could spark a bidding war that could be too expensive for the Jets to even consider picking up the phone.
It would be a shame, because Bush's pass-catching ability would make him a great fit for the Jets' brand new offense. If he unexpectedly is available for the right price, the Jets shouldn't hesitate to submit an offer.