The Detroit Lions are a perfect fit for Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush, who is as good as gone in the Dolphins eyes. The ‘Fins seem content to use Lamar Miller as their feature back going forward, and Jeff Ireland and the Dolphins front office are extremely high on Bush’s future outlook. The Lions, on the other hand, could use a playmaker in the backfield in Bush, especially since his pass-catching ability would be a big help for Matthew Stafford. One of the Lions main goals in building their offense is to add as many weapons as possible to surround Stafford, and that’s why they have also been showing interest in wide receivers in the pre-draft process like Justin Hunter, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Robert Woods.
It was previously expected that the Lions would add Bush as the No. 2 back behind feature back Mike LeShoure, who would take the brunt of the carries whilst Bush received all the looks on passing downs. But now, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that sources are telling him that the Lions are prepared to give Reggie Bush the starting role over LeShoure, and that would almost guarantee that the Lions will sign Bush.
Right now, the only other team linked to Bush is the Cincinnati Bengals, but I highly doubt they are going to offer Bush the starting gig. Reports from the Detroit Free Press indicated that Bush is set to get $5 million from the Lions, and he would be wise to take that money and the starting gig in the Lions backfield.
Not only would Bush receive plenty of targets with the Lions, but he would also get the brunt of the workload on the ground and have a shot at getting 1,000 yards again. On the Lions, Bush would be a big playmaker and get a nice paycheck from a team that views him as a great fit. But is Bush is a great fit for the Lions as a starter too? He makes perfect sense as a No. 2 back behind LeShoure, but the question is whether or not Bush can be that good on the ground for them. I have a feeling LeShoure will steal plenty of carries from Bush, but the Lions seem content with giving Bush the most carries of the two. Is that the best way to go about business? It depends on if Bush plays more like he did in 2011 than 2012 on the ground, and it could be a risk worth taking.
Bush definitely views himself as a starter after averaging 4.7 yards per carry on nearly 450 rushes with the Miami Dolphins, and he will get plenty more targets with the Lions. For Bush, picking Detroit seems like a no-brainer, and I think this move will work out for the Lions- as long as they don’t give him too many years.
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