Reggie Bush, the former number two overall draft pick, has had an up and down career that has seen him bounce between the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, and Detroit Lions. Just two years ago, in 2013, Bush had arguably his best season ever, going over 1500 all purpose yards and scoring 7 times. However, in 2014 Bush battled injuries, appearing in just 11 games after previously having three relatively healthy seasons. With a growing cap number and the Lions needing to resign several key players, they have officially released the former Pro Bowl running back. Find out what this means for both Bush and the Lions after the jump
First lets start with the Lions. The Lions are now in a position with no established running back as Joique Bell is not a sure thing to be back on the team. With limited cap space, they are likely going to look towards the draft to find their next starting running back. Two potential options are Melvin Gordon out of Wisconsin and Todd Gurley out of Georgia if they want to spend a first round pick. However, they could also wait and spend a Day 2 pick on a back like Duke Johnson out of Miami or Ameer Abdullah out of Nebraska. It will be interesting to see how they approach this problem.
For Bush himself, I believe his best bet is to find a team where he can spell a running back and provide a lethal change of pace back who can also play punt returner and catch passes out of the backfield. He could likely find a two year deal from a team like the Steelers or Ravens in this role and make himself a very nice living in a stable situation. However, I fully expect a team like the Minnesota Vikings or San Diego Chargers to potentially consider signing Bush to a multi-year deal as a starting running back. Likely, Bush won’t be a free agent for very long.