Reggie Bush Would Add New Dynamic to the Patriots

NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora recently looked at some players around the NFL who have contracts that are likely “too hefty” for their teams’ liking. Some players, he foresees, will simply restructure their contracts, while others will be released. Among those players likely to be released are New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush. Recall that the Saints moved up in the draft by trading with the Patriots to select Alabama RB Mark Ingram. Shortly thereafter, Bush tweeted, “It’s been fun New Orleans,” signifying that he expected to be looking for a new home this season.

While the Saints have said that they want Reggie Bush around, La Canfora is right when he said, “No other running back — especially a situational one — is making this kind of salary ($11.8 million) right now.” The Saints will likely look for Bush to restructure his salary to look more like a player who gets 6-8 touches per game if they do want Bush around. However, I don’t see Bush accepting either circumstance — a lower salary or only 6 to 8 touches per game. Among Bush’s possible future landing spots, La Canfora puts the New England Patriots as a possible destination.

Would the Patriots be interested in a player like Reggie Bush?

Before we delve into that question, let’s establish what Reggie Bush is NOT. Reggie Bush is not an every-down back. Reggie Bush is not a between-the-tackles runner. Reggie Bush is also not a player that you can build your entire offense around. What Reggie Bush IS, is a player who you can move around the field and line up wherever you’d like to create a mismatch. He is also a player who has the potential to change the game whenever he touches the ball.

While the Patriots drafted two backs in the NFL Draft this past April, I still feel that they will be in the sweepstakes for Reggie Bush should he be released. Young running backs are always an unknown commodity (see Laurence Maroney and Terrell Davis as examples of opposite sides of that dynamic) and having too many good backs is a better problem than not having enough. There are no other backs on the Patriots’ roster that have Reggie Bush’s skill set and blend of speed, shiftiness, athleticism, and pass-catching ability. There are players who have bits and pieces of those skills, but not the total package.

I’d be very anxious to see all of the different ways the Pats would use Reggie Bush in their offensive system, and I’m sure offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien would be chomping at the bit and re-writing a portion of the playbook should Bush join the team. While Bush wouldn’t be the centerpiece, he’d be an exciting compliment and weapon for Tom Brady. He could line as a traditional running back, in the slot, as an outside receiver, or anywhere else the Pats can dream of lining him up. Can you imagine what Bush could do catching the RB screens or bubble screens the Pats love to use?

What adds value to Bush as well in Bill Belichick’s eyes is his willingness to play special teams, and would give the Pats tremendous depth in the return department in addition to Wes Welker, Julian Edleman, Brandon Tate, and possibly Kevin Faulk. So while Reggie Bush would not be the bruiser Pats fans have been craving (BenJarvus Green-Ellis has done well filling that role), he would add a whole new dynamic to the team and keep opposing defensive coordinators awake at night.

Topics: New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, NFL, NFL Free Agency, NFL Rumors, Reggie Bush

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  • tavia47

    Everybody wants reggie to leave New orleans but I’m hoping you all are wrong I wish they would find a way to keep him.

  • tavia47

    Everybody wants reggie to leave New orleans but I’m hoping you all are wrong I wish they would find a way to keep him.

  • fansided

    I am always surprised at how Saints fans love Reggie. I just feel he hasn’t been very productive for being the #2 overall pick. Whis is that @tavia47 ?

    • jamie

      You’re absolutely right about Bush not playing up to his draft status, but that doesn’t mean that he’s not a very good player. He’s just not a “#2 overall” player.

  • fansided

    I am always surprised at how Saints fans love Reggie. I just feel he hasn’t been very productive for being the #2 overall pick. Whis is that @tavia47 ?

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  • tavia47

    I like him because he is a good guy and he is a game changer a threat every time he’s on the field you never want to let someone like that go it’s hard to part ways with him .As a die heart Saint’s fan I love the kid. Stay with us Reggie please

  • tavia47

    I like him because he is a good guy and he is a game changer a threat every time he’s on the field you never want to let someone like that go it’s hard to part ways with him .As a die heart Saint’s fan I love the kid. Stay with us Reggie please

  • ctpatsfan77

    The big question you’re dancing around, though, is this: would Bush add enough beyond what the Pats already have with Danny Woodhead to justify whatever they’d have to pay him?

    I doubt it.

    • jamie

      I don’t see the Pats getting into a bidding war for Bush, but he definitely adds to the offense if he’s brought on-board. I thought a lot about what Bush could bring that Danny Woodhead and/or Kevin Faulk don’t and it’s this: any time he touches the ball, he’s a threat to take it to the house. I’m as big a Woodhead fan as any, but he doesn’t have the elite athleticism that Bush brings. It’s a good debate though. I’m more than happy though without Bush and “just” Danny Woodhead.

  • ctpatsfan77

    The big question you’re dancing around, though, is this: would Bush add enough beyond what the Pats already have with Danny Woodhead to justify whatever they’d have to pay him?

    I doubt it.

  • thagratest

    If Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson and Arian Foster recieved only 6-8 touches a game – 3 Rushing and 3 Recieving, do you think they would be successful in the NFL?? Please, stop it with this Bush Rhetoric, its retarded. Go talk to Sean Payton and ask him why would you limit the amount of rushing attempts for one of the more explosive players in the game??? NOw im not saying go out and give Bush 30 carries a game, but give him a “Respectable” 12-15 carries a game and THEN you would have seen explosive plays. 6-8 Touches a game is an insult, its unfair and its just plain stupid to base a players worth with, bottom line, get smart people.

  • thagratest

    If Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson and Arian Foster recieved only 6-8 touches a game – 3 Rushing and 3 Recieving, do you think they would be successful in the NFL?? Please, stop it with this Bush Rhetoric, its retarded. Go talk to Sean Payton and ask him why would you limit the amount of rushing attempts for one of the more explosive players in the game??? NOw im not saying go out and give Bush 30 carries a game, but give him a “Respectable” 12-15 carries a game and THEN you would have seen explosive plays. 6-8 Touches a game is an insult, its unfair and its just plain stupid to base a players worth with, bottom line, get smart people.

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