NFL Free Agency: Should the Denver Broncos Consider Signing Reggie Bush?

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 21:  Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints in action against the Houston Texans at the Louisiana Superdome on August 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Yahoo! Sports has reported that the New Orleans Saints will likely be parting ways with Reggie Bush this offseason, and he could become an interesting option at running back for the Denver Broncos.

When the Saints drafted Alabama running back Mark Ingram in the first round of this year's draft, Bush tweeted, "It’s been fun New Orleans."

He has struggled with injuries over the last couple years, but his speed and versatility could still add another dimension to a Broncos offense that was pitiful on third down last season.

He is a better receiver out of the backfield than any back Denver has had since Terrell Davis, and his speed always makes him a threat in the return game.

Prior to all his injury problems, Bush had 161 receptions in his first two seasons with New Orleans.  For his career, he averages nearly eight yards per punt return and has taken four back for touchdowns.

He could be a great second back behind Knowshon Moreno.

Even though Moreno would still be the team's starting running back, it has become clear that he needs help.

He has fallen well short of his status as the 12th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, rushing for 1726 yards and 12 touchdowns on four yards per carry in his first two years.

Those numbers aren't terrible, but Broncos fans expected more from the guy who Josh McDaniels drafted to replace the solid rookie Peyton Hillis (who subsequently blew up in Cleveland and became a cult hero).

Like I mentioned earlier, the Broncos were awful on third downs this past season.  At 32.4, they had the fifth-worst third down conversion percentage in the NFL.

Bush's speed and receiving ability would make him a perfect third down back, and could go a long way toward fixing what was probably the offense's biggest problem last season.

Of course, that would depend on Bush's health.  He hasn't played a full 16 games since his very successful rookie year, and appeared in just eight last year.

What would you Broncos fans think about the team signing Reggie Bush?

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