The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with free agent running back Michael Bush on a four year $14 million contract. Bush was considered one of the top available talents out of the backfield after a career best year 977 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns with the Raiders.
In Oakland, Bush split time with the more explosive Darren McFadden, acting in a change-of-pace role and as the inside power runner. Bush has been a solid short-yardage runner and threat around the goal-line.
That role will likely stay the same in Chicago. Bush will play the “thunder” role to Matt Forte‘s “lightning”. That role was manned by Marion Barber last season, but upon Bush’s contract announcement, Barber has elected to retire from the NFL.
Fantasy Factor: Kind of a puzzling move. It’s almost like the Bears are telling Matt Forte that they have no desire to offer him the lucrative, long-term contract that he so desperately seeks. Look for Forte’s role to remain relatively unchanged. He’ll still be an awesome fantasy option, with excellent yardage, receiving and rushing statistics. Bush will probably garner about 10-15 touches a game and will vulture all of the short yardage looks.
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