According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Lions interest in impending Miami Dolphins free agent running back Reggie Bush is “real”. Bush would love to stay with the Dolphins, but it seems like that isn’t in the cards. Jeff Ireland and other Dolphins executive sound incredibly high on young back Lamar Miller, and Omar Kelly tweeted out a couple of days ago that everyone believes the Dolphins will give Miller every available opportunity to start next season.
The Dolphins sound like they want to go with the younger, cheaper alternative. Upside is a dangerous word to kick around, but Miller has loads of potential and showed it last year in minimal snaps. But Bush has been the Dolphins only true playmaker on offense over the past two seasons, even if he had a down year in 2012. The Dolphins are looking to add playmakers on both sides of the ball and seemingly have their eyes set on Greg Jennings, and the Dolphins plan might be to allocate the money that would have went to Bush on a true No. 1 wide receiver to help out Ryan Tannehill. Whether or not that is the best plan is a discussion for another day.
The Detroit Lions could use another running back, and it sounds like the Lions are interested in adding some speed and pass-catching ability to pair up with Mikel LeShoure. This could be an excellent situation for Bush, and Birkett writes, “Who knows what happens with Bush at the end of the day, but plenty of NFL people at the combine believe the Lions will make Bush a primary target in free agency.”
There are definitely legs to this, and it makes sense for the Lions to give Matthew Stafford a playmaking presence in the backfield who can also help the QB out in the passing game. Bush, according to Birkett, would cost around $5 million per year, but it sounds like the Lions believe Bush is worth the money.
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