According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, former Chicago running back, Michael Bush, will taking a trip to Foxborough:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 1, 2014
NFL.com then followed with a tweet and accompanying story shortly thereafter:
Michael Bush set to visit New England Patriots. http://t.co/uGgWrNn8UN
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) April 1, 2014
So what does this mean for New England?
The loss of LeGarrette Blount has left the Patriots without a dominent, power running back to use in short yardage and goal line situations. While Stevan Ridley and Brandon Boldin have handled said duties in the past, they lack the bruising stature and style that backs like Blount and Bush possess.
The former Bear would hypothetically look to replace Blount as the short yardage back, and would help compliment the New England ground game. Currently, the Pats have Ridley, Boldin, Shane Vereen and Jonas Gray as rostered tailbacks.
Bush served as Matt Forte’s backup for two years in Chicago, but had few opportunities in Marc Trestman’s offense. Prior to that, he played in four seasons for the Oakland Raiders. In his last year in Oakland, Bush ran for 977 yards and highlighted that season in a game against San Diego, in which he racked up a whopping 242 total yards from scrimmage.
A meeting date is yet to be announced.