NFL Free Agency: Breaking Down Best Fits for Reggie Bush
One big name on this year's NFL free-agent market is that of running back Reggie Bush, who spent last season with the Miami Dolphins and ran for 986 yards and six touchdowns. Team management opted not to retain the 28-year-old, and he has thus drawn interest from a few different teams.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bush is set to visit the Detroit Lions while the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals are also interested. Each of those teams needs help at running back, but the question presents itself: Just which is the best fit?
Let's start with the Lions, who could really use a solid running back that can also be a receiving threat. Bush definitely fits this mold, having caught 505 passes for 2,730 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career. Combined with Mikel LeShoure, he could help the Lions' running game become one of the best in the league.
Earlier today, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that the Lions were the "likely winners" of the Bush sweepstakes, so this could be a done deal for all we know.
But let's take a look at the other two teams. The Bengals could definitely use help at the position, what with BenJarvus Green-Ellis only averaging 3.9 yards per carry last season, and Bush could make the team's offense all the more dynamic.
Arizona seems like an even better fit. Head coach Bruce Arians is an offense-minded coach and combined with receiver Larry Fitzgerald, plus whoever wins the starting quarterback's job, Bush could easily help make the team better.
Unfortunately, that situation is unlikely. Despite a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that called Arizona's interest "significant," Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 AM reports that Bush "isn't coming" to the Cardinals.
This leaves the Lions as the last team standing and despite head coach Jim Schwartz being defensive-minded, Detroit is indeed the best fit for Bush. The team already has a decent quarterback in Matthew Stafford and one of the league's best receivers in Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, so it's clear that the offense has a direction.
All that's missing is a solid running back who can come in and start contributing immediately, and then the offense can be complete. Nothing against LeShoure, but he's still developing.
Both he and Bush can turn the Lions' backfield into a deadly tandem, thus taking some pressure off of the oft-injured Matthew Stafford and making Detroit into a fully balanced team capable of accomplishing some great things.
All that needs to happen is for both sides to come to an agreement, and Reggie Bush will have found himself a solid new home as he continues his NFL career.
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