The Detroit Lions aren’t the only team looking to sign Reggie Bush, who probably won’t be returning to the Miami Dolphins in 2013, but they might be the most serious among the competition to secure the services of the running back.
Bush himself would like to return to Miami, but the Dolphins simply don’t want him back – not at the prices he’s asking, perhaps not at all. Bush has played for the team over the last couple of seasons, compiling 2660 yards from scrimmage and scoring 15 touchdowns.
Reggie Bush likely going to ask for $5 million a season from any team that wants him for next season, something the Dolphins pretty much don’t want to be a part of. The Atlanta Falcons are also interested by the option of adding Bush instead of Michael Turner, who will likely be cut, but might also be turned off by the high asking price.
The Lions, however, with several needs across the board, are mostly about surrounding Matthew Stafford with premier talents, besides the proven ability of Calvin Johnson. Jahvid Best was supposed to be the running back that complements the Lions’ excellent aerial game, but his future in the league is in doubt due to several concussions. Best played in only six games during the 2011 season, and didn’t play a single game in 2012.
The other running backs on the Lions’ squad? Mikel Leshoure and Devin Moore. Leshoue ran for 798 yards last season, averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Devin Moore didn’t play at all for the Lions, who were 23rd in the NFL last season with 100.8 yards per game. Kevin Smith, a free agent, added 134 yards on 37 carries.
It’s safe to say that Bush will immediately become the feature back for the Detroit Lions the moment he signs. The only issue left will be whether Bush actually wants to move to Detroit, with many assuming that he prefers to remain with a team playing in a warmer climate.