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Reggie Bush wants to stay with Miami Dolphins

The more articles I read about the Miami Dolphins, Reggie Bush, and their other running backs, I get a stronger feeling that the Dolphins are willing to let Bush go and don’t want to risk overpaying for him. Jeff Ireland and the organization seem, rightfully, high on rookie Lamar Miller, who was solid in limited carries and has a boatload of potential. Beat writers like Armando Salguerro of the Miami Herald are increasingly bearish on the prospects of Bush staying in Miami, so it’s interesting to read this piece from the Palm Beach Post about Bush’s preference.

According to a source close to one of the Dolphins top beat writers, Ben Volin, Reggie Bush “badly” wants to stay in Miami. Volin provided an example of a tweet from a fan to Bush saying that the Dolphins need Bush, and this tweet was retweeted by Bush. He writes that Bush, “has been essentially campaigning to return on his Twitter feed.”

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora said that it is “highly unlikely” that Bush stays in Miami, and it sounds like it is the Dolphins reasoning. They don’t want to pay up for the 27-year-old running back, even if he has been the team’s best offensive weapon over the past two years. That’s more of a product of how poor their offense is, because Bush digressed last year and Miller is younger, cheaper, and has more upside. From some of the quotes I’ve read from GM Jeff Ireland, it sounds like the Dolphins think Miller is better overall.

Bush could get offered a team-friendly deal by the team, but they have other free agents to take care of like No. 1 wide receiver Brian Hartline (who really isn’t a No. 1 receiver). Speaking of which, the rumors of the Dolphins going after Greg Jennings and the mutual interest there is also a factor, because the Dolphins desperately need a true No. 1 wideout to help future second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill out. The Dolphins need playmakers in the passing game even more so in the running game, and Bush might not even be a playmaker anyway. If he is, it sounds like he isn’t better than Miller either. That money that would have gone to Bush will most likely help pay for Jennings’s salary.

We’ll see if the Miami Dolphins offer Reggie Bush something, because they haven’t yet and Bush and his representatives are surprised at that. They really want to stay, but it sounds like Bush will be hitting the open market in March and looking for a new place to play.

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  • Stephen LeStrange

    “The Dolphins need playmakers in the passing game even more so in the running game, and Bush might not even be a playmaker anyway” (Para. 4). Did you really say Reggie Bush is not a play maker? LOL has he not been our only consistent PLAY MAKER for the past 2 years(not counting Brandon Marshall)? Keep him in MIAMI. He even said it’s not about money at this point in his career. He wants to be part of this coming-back-to-greatness franchise and will not break the bank at all. Make the smart decision and #K.I.S.S.

    • Joe Soriano

      He had an underwhelming season last year, but he was great in 2011. I just said “might not”, But I think the Dolphins should keep him, because he is their only semeblance of a playmaking threat (said that earlier this year a couple of times), and, as the guy above stated, Lamar isn’t as proven. Ideally you’d like to keep Bush, and the Dolphins are making a mistake by not keeping him. They are too high on Miller, but I do think they should be cautious that they don’t overpay on Bush either.

  • [email protected]

    Note To The Phins,dont cut off your nose to spite your face.Sure Lamar is younger but Reggie has proved himself time and time again. Plus he puts butts in the seats. Be smart and keep Reggie here.

  • Jerr1233

    The Dolphins need Bush more than Bush needs the Dolphins. Bush will probably be successful wherever he lands. Ireland has said that he is looking for playmakers, but then wants to let one of the only 3 playmakers we have go even though he is saying that he doesn’t want a lot of money. The Dolphins are high on Miller and that’s great, but Miller doesn’t put fans in an already empty stadium, Bush does. Plus what if Miller hits a sophomore slump or worse? At least with Bush you know what you are getting and can plan around that. Also wouldn’t it be wise to have a veteran running back that can help Miller become the next feature back. I would say offer bush $3mil with another $1mil in incentives for either 2 or 4 years (not 3 because I believe Millers contract is up in 3 and you don’t want both backs contract to end in the same year). If Ireland lets Bush walk away, then it would be an awful start to the offseason.

    • Joe Soriano

      Well said, Rob. However, I think Bush will likely command more than $3 million from the Dolphins. That might be a little too low, and I love the logic on not having Bush’s contract go for three years. That’s an idea I’ll start using in offseason posts, because it is right on point. Thank you for the comment.