When Mark Ingram was drafted by the New Orleans Saints, Reggie Bush tweeted, “Its been fun New Orleans.
There was speculation about the Saints letting Bush go because of the large amount of money he is owed this coming year.
But is Reggie really going anywhere?
We’ll discuss that and more when looking at what rumors are flying about Reggie Bush.
Reggie Bush’s contract states that New Orleans will pay him $11.8 million this coming season.
The Saints will not be able to pay him that much money and stay under a potential cap. If Reggie is to stay in New Orleans he will have to re-negotiate his current contract.
However, people around Bush are indicating that he is unwilling to do so.
The selection of Mark Ingram indicates that the Saints are ready to move on.
Jason Cole of Yahoo sports reported that the New Orleans Saints asked Reggie Bush to look elsewhere. Jason Cole states
"Bush and agent Joel Segal were told that a number of teams would be interested in paying him handsomely, or at least more than the Saints have apparently been willing to offer at this point," Cole writes. "That is one of the reasons that Bush has made contradictory statements about his future in New Orleans and didn't participate in offseason workouts with Saints players. The expectation from Bush, according to the sources, is that he will be playing for another team next season."
Following the release of this article by Jason Cole, Kristian Garic of a New Orleans radio station texted Bush twice about the allegations. Reggie responded clearly that these statements were false.
Cole still stands by what he wrote in spite of Reggie Bush’s denial.
Sean Peyton, GM Mickey Loomis, and even Drew Brees have stated that they would like to see Reggie Bush back in the backfield for the Saints.
According to USAToday.com, “drafting Mark Ingram and re-signing Pierre Thomas to a four-year deal is not necessarily the death knell to Bush's tenure in New Orleans that he originally thought they might have been. “
It’s nice that the Saints want Reggie Bush back, but is it reasonable?
With the uncertainty of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Saints still can afford to keep Bush on the team. But what if the salary cap is lowered and Bush is still taking up almost $12 million?
In another scenario, the new CBA might not have a cap for this coming year to give teams time to plan for a new cap. If this situation plays out, keeping Reggie would not be an issue for the organization.
Well, except for owner Tom Benson, who would have to write the check.
Notice that the article didn’t mention Benson expressing a desire to have Bush return.
Reggie Bush has not come out and said he wants to be a Saint next year.
With the Saints drafting Ingram and re-signing Thomas, there may be a possibility that Bush feels disrespected and not wanted back in New Orleans.
His tweet of, “Its been fun New Orleans,” may be indicative of how Reggie Bush really feels.
As of right now, Reggie Bush is still a New Orleans Saint.
The big question: will he be one next year?
After Bush won a Heisman trophy, he was compared to Gale Sayers, one of the best running backs of all time. When he fell to the second pick in the draft, the Saints believed that they had gotten a steal.
Indeed, Reggie played a key role in the Saints lone Super Bowl Championship.
However, last year Bush had his Heisman trophy removed, and now he may be removed from the team that drafted him.