Reggie Bush Willing To Restructure for 2011: You Don't Say?

James KeenContributor IIJanuary 12, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints lies on the ground injured against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Reggie Bush stated this week that he is willing to restructure his upcoming 2011 contract. Well, I sure would hope so. He's due to make a base salary of $11.8 million.

"I'm open to whatever is going to help me stay here." Bush says.

I could only imagine trying to go anywhere else looking to find anything close to that kind of money, especially being injury prone and an overpaid specialist. I could only imagine New Orleans trying to trade Reggie Bush with that kind of money. I doubt any NFL team would even attempt it.

In my opinion, New Orleans should have traded Bush prior to the 2010 season. It was his first non-injury filled season in 2009 since 2006. He only missed two games in 2009, as opposed to six or eight as usual. Although he didn't get a lot of carries, he still totaled over 700 yards with eight touchdowns and 5.6 yards per carry.

But they didn't, and they paid Bush $8 million for this season. Let's think about that for a moment. Bush suffered from a broken fibula this season and missed eight games. In the eight games he did play, he touched the ball 70 times. That is $114,285 every time he touched a football. Fortunately, he didn't fumble the ball at all this season.

Now back to Bush's comment earlier about being open to whatever will help him stay in New Orleans. Bush had something else to say.

"Obviously, with that said, you have to be fair to yourself," he said. "You have to be fair to whatever the market sets."

Really!?! What does the market set for the highest-paid back in the league that hasn't played a full season since he was drafted second overall in 2006, that has only touched the ball 818 times in five seasons, and that is mainly used to complement Pierre Thomas or any other starter that the Saints have in the backfield?

Not to mention, when the team needed him the most against Seattle this past weekend, Bush left at halftime and didn't return because of another injury.

Why would any NFL team take a chance in paying Bush any money at all? I would be a nervous wreck every time he was on the field. Also, what team in their right mind would care about what Bush thinks he's worth?

If New Orleans keeps Bush on the roster at all, I would be shocked. Well, maybe not. They did pay him $8 million for nothing this season when I thought they were going to trade him or restructure. Either way, I wouldn't pay him more than a player like Joshua Cribbs or Leon Washington, which between the two averaged $1.29 million in 2010.

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