Last week, the Miami Dolphins announced that Reggie Bush would not be returning to their team for the 2013 NFL season. Now on the market, Bush is an enticing option for a team looking to add a veteran running back.
Bush likely still has a few good years left in his career and should garner considerable interest from a number of teams. He has totaled over 2,000 rushing yards spanning the past two years, and he has recorded six rushing touchdowns and nearly 300 receiving yards in each of these past two seasons.
Here are some potential suitors for Bush. Whichever team manages to pick him up could reap major benefits in the 2013 season.
The Detroit Lions are coming off a disappointing season in 2012, finishing with a 4-12 record. The Lions are not a terrible team, but they have a few areas of concern that need to be addressed before the 2013 season.
Last season, Detroit had an acceptable defense and a stellar passing attack featuring Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Their ground attack, however, ranked 23rd in the league. They did not have a running back on their roster finish the season over 800 total rushing yards.
Detroit's below-average running game may not be the reason for their 4-12 record, but Bush would definitely be a welcome addition to the team. In fact, it was reported that the Lions were seriously interested in Bush after the Dolphins announced he would not be returning.
If Bush were to land in Detroit, he could improve their ground attack, take some pressure off of Stafford and Johnson and perhaps help the Lions return to the playoffs in 2013.
The Arizona Cardinals were another team that had a dismal season in 2012. While their quarterback dilemma was clearly the team's biggest problem, their running game struggled mightily as well.
The highest individual rushing total for the Cardinals in 2012 was just 357 yards. The team finished dead last in rushing yards per game with a total of just 75.3.
If there is one team that could benefit most from adding Bush, it would probably be the Arizona Cardinals. Bush could improve their poor rushing attack, take some attention away from Larry Fitzgerald and serve as a viable safety option for Arizona's quarterback.
New York Jets
As a franchise, the New York Jets are no stranger to media attention. After picking up Tim Tebow before the start of the 2012 season, many are wondering what big name the Jets will sign this year to maintain their high level of publicity.
Reggie Bush definitely fits this mold. In addition, the Jets offense is a major concern following a poor 2012 season. Obviously Mark Sanchez has his share of problems, but the Jets running backs were not exactly All-Stars, either.
Starter Shonn Greene averaged under 4 yards a carry for the Jets and recorded just 151 receiving yards. Regardless, though, he is likely to play for another team in 2013. This means the Jets could be interested in picking up a solid back to fill the void in their backfield.
Bush would be a viable option in the Jets offense. Sanchez throws a lot of short passes and checkdowns which Bush could convert into big gains. He is also a solid rusher that could provide New York with some big plays, something they clearly lacked in 2012.