[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ho is Reggie Bush? That is the question GM’s will try to answer before NFL free agency begins on March 12th. Is Bush “a bell-cow back” or is he a great complementary back? Is Bush a multi-dimensional threat to score every time he touches the ball or is he a 28 year old running back whose best days are behind him? When teams look to add players in free agency they look for a bargain. Bush may offer teams depth at running back, but what kind of price tag will he come with? NFL teams want to control the amount they spend in free agency, unless the time to win is now. What does Reggie Bush want? Let’s look to rock and roll for help.
- Pink Floyd says it may be “Money”. Bush may only play for the highest bidder when free agency begins at 4pm on March 12th. This is his first time on the free agent market, and at that age of 28, Bush may be looking for a nice payday, in what could be may be his final contract.
- Queen says “We are the Champions”. Playing for a team that can win a championship now may be able to get Bush at a bargain price. If Bush is looking to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in the next few years a bargain price from a competitive team may be Bush’s next destination.
- Motley Crue says “Home Sweet Home”. Reggie Bush played high school and collegiate football in Southern California. There may be interest from a couple of teams on the west coast. Those teams may have some leverage if Bush is looking to get back home.
The market value of a running back has changed a lot in the last few years. In a pass heavy NFL, teams are not looking to put a big price tag on running backs. The market value is often determined by the NFL draft pool and free agents available. The 2013 NFL draft has some running backs that are potential starters in the league. With the lack of upper tier talent in the draft many teams may look at free agency as an opportunity to add depth or potentially a starter to their backfield. There are a few free agents that have the ability to start in other locations along with some nice change of pace talent. The free agent pool of running backs includes (ages in parentheses): Ahmad Bradshaw (26), Steven Jackson (29), Rashard Mendenhall (25), Felix Jones (25), LaRod Stevens-Howlings (25), Danny Woodhead (28), and Michael Turner (31) just to name a few. Bush would be 28 heading into the season. The Detroit Free Press reported Bush will be set to make about 5 million a year.
Career of Reggie Bush
Career of Reggie Bush
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With this being Reggie Bush’s third contract it is likely to be lower than 5 million. Couple that with the idea that he may be willing to take less depending on Bush’s idea of the ideal team. There are many contenders that are looking to add a running back in free agency. With the current crop of running back talent, Bush looks to be one of the highest touted free agents in the running back free agent class of 2013. Based on the statistics Reggie Bush is a solid RB2 when healthy and in PPR leagues his upside is higher. When Bush has played in 15 games or more in a season, he always ranked in the top 20RB either as a complementary back (New Orleans) or as the “cowbell” (Miami). Fantasy owners should consider Bush’s value will change depending on where he lands. That leads me to my next question, who wants Bush?
Teams that may add Bush
Cincinnati Bengals – Cap Space 45M – They have plenty of cap space to sign Bush for a couple of years. The real question is do they spend money on Bush or take a running back in the draft? Bush would be a great complementary back to BenJarvus Green-Ellis. They would be able to use him as a change of pace back and utilize him in the passing game, lining up in the backfield and also in the slot. Bush has soft hands and has been underutilized as a receiver in Miami. He would be a great check down option for Andy Dalton and might take some of the deep pressure off of AJ Green.
Indianapolis Colts – Cap space 43M – The Indianapolis Colts are a young team that may be looking to add some depth to the running back position. I believe that Bush would be a great complementary back to Vick Ballard, but I am not certain the Colts want to spend money in free agency with holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball. Although the Colts have cap space to make a play for a guy like Bush, look for them to fill other holes first and potentially look for running back depth in the later rounds of the draft.
(Cap Space numbers courtesy of Overthecap.com)
It is a certainty that the Dolphins will be fighting other teams to resign Bush back onto the roster. With his skill set and the lack of quality running backs in free agency look for teams to give Bush a nice contract offer. Although he is an aging running back, he doesn’t have a lot of wear on the tires. He has received the majority of the carries that last two seasons and prior to that was a quality complementary back for the Saints. Early into free agency look for a number of teams that need running back depth and a boost in special teams to make lucrative offers for Bush’s services. As free agency begins, one GM will reach in his pocket and make an offer so he may have the opportunity to say the famous words of one Curtis Armstrong (Booger), We’ve got Bush, we’ve got Bush?