NFL Free Agency: Reggie Bush Traded to Dolphins

Mark David SmithCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 21:  Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints jumps over Brice McCain #21 of 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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Reggie Bush is taking his talents to South Beach.

Fox Sports reported early Thursday that the Dolphins have a deal lined up to acquire Bush from the Saints.

ESPN has reported that the former No. 2 pick agreed to a new two-year contract worth $10 million. Sources have said the Dolphins give up Jonathon Amaya as part of the deal but full details have not yet been disclosed.

Miami has been targeting high-profile running backs this offseason, and Bush is a great complement to rookie Daniel Thomas' running style.

Thomas is a power back and Bush is a speedy addition, creating a potentially excellent one-two punch for a Dolphins rushing attack that struggled last season. Bush is an excellent receiver out of the backfield, and could really open up the Wildcat offense.

This is a move I've anticipated for weeks, mentioned in my article from July 18.

Bush has his critics. He hasn't lived up to the hype coming out of college, he's injury-prone, and is not a feature NFL back. But he brings a big name, undeniable speed and the home-run threat to Miami's backfield the team has needed for a long time.

This trade is a good move for the Saints. New Orleans had no intention of paying Bush the $11.8 million 2011 salary for which his contract called, and now they are receiving something in return.

The Dolphins have already completely replaced Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams before the two veterans have even been released, further validating speculation the halfbacks will be released.