Posted March 13, 2013

Reggie Bush signs with Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions, NFL Free Agency
Reggie Bush

Reggie Bush scored six touchdowns in each of his two seasons with the Dolphins. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Reggie Bush received the full-court free-agent press from the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, as they brought him via limo to the team’s facility where he met with, among others QB Matthew Stafford.

The pitch worked. Bush and the Lions reportedly agreed on a four-year deal that will make the 28-year-old Detroit’s No. 1 option out of the backfield.

One of the top skill-position players available in free agency, Bush is the type of weapon that Detroit’s backfield has long been missing — especially since repeated concussions sidelined Jahvid Best. Bush is coming off two seasons in Miami in which he averaged 1,036 yards rushing and 294 receiving.

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But the Dolphins’ and Lions’ offenses are as different as night and day. Miami attempted just 504 passes last season, while Detroit aired it out a league-high 740 times, all while utilizing a heavy dose of shotgun formations.

That setup, with Stafford and Calvin Johnson keeping defenses busy, could give Bush the potential for a career year. Bush is as good a pass-catching back as there is out there, with the ability to go the distance any time he touches the football.

Detroit no doubt had to pay up to get Bush signed (we’ll update once the financials are revealed), and the team’s apparent promise to make Bush the full-time back, over Mikel Leshoure, could backfire — Bush dealt with injuries throughout his five-year run with the Saints, and Leshoure showed promise at times in 2012.

There are no sure things in the NFL, though. Bush, as the running back in this potent Detroit attack, playing on Ford Field’s turf, is about as close as the Lions could come.

Grade: A-minus. Again, an overpay could drive the grade down here. But barring that, Bush brings onboard exactly what the Lions’ offense was missing. Finally, with Bush and Leshoure in the backfield, Detroit has the ability to keep defenses off-balance.

18 comments
6marK6
6marK6

Class individual for a class organization.

Joseph9
Joseph9

Bush doesn't have to be awesome, he just needs to do something none of the other Lion backs could do -- break off a long run every once in a while and catch a swing pass out of the backfield and get a first down. Detroit just needs someone to keep defenses honest enough to let Megatron get free once in a while.

 

But Detroit still needs some decent cornerbacks more than anything else, which has been true for a number of years.

Luke'g-spiel'Keun
Luke'g-spiel'Keun

It's just gonna be Leshoure between the tackles and bush on outside plays. He'll be a stellar guy to have in 2/3 plays consistently. He was at his best in New Orleans (when healthy) as a RBBC guy. Better burst when he's fresh and he'll avoid injury being in space with less runs (supplemented by catches for his total touches an RB1)

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

A desperate team making a desperate signing. His numbers in Miami are the result of a bad team. It is common for a back to pile up high numbers on a poor offensive team. At his best Bush is not a game changer.

bbthree03
bbthree03

We're still waiting for this guy to be the player we thought he'd be when he was drafted...

MidwestOne
MidwestOne

I guess he doesn't want to win a Super Bowl. The LI-downs will always stink.

ksb8886
ksb8886

To bad I hate to see Reggie end his career like this, he was a good RB. Too bad he couldn't have stayed in New Orleans and played part time it would have been great for both sides. I see this as a take the money and run deal you see a good player go to a poor team for the big bucks after a couple of years of getting beat up and there is no chance of becoming the back to help a team to the prize. SB Champion

Aaron14
Aaron14

Detroit should have a pretty good offense this year

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Does he have anything left? Personally, I hope so. He could be an exciting player to watch.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius Common for a back to pile up high numbers on a poor offensive team?  It is also common for a back to pile up numbers on a good offensive team.  Now what?

bbthree03
bbthree03

He isn't any further from a Super Bowl either

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @ksb8886 Stay with team as a part timer with a part timer's paycheck or go for an opportunity and a bigger salary?   Are you criticizing him for this move?

JosiahKrason
JosiahKrason

 @ksb8886 He was obviously the best RB in New Orleans but they made him split time so he left. Also New Orleans isn't going to even make the playoffs next year.

 

jamsub
jamsub

 @Aaron14 Problem is they have been thinking that every year since they got Stafford.

riley8
riley8

 @JosiahKrason  I'd like to make that bet.  Sean Payton is back.  You know....the guy that brought the Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans???

luvfoozball
luvfoozball

 @JosiahKrason  Actually he wasn't. He was a do-it-all tweener who got outrushed by backup running backs like Pierre Thomas all the time. He played much better as a running back in Miami.

George9
George9

 @jamsub  @Aaron14 They do have a good offense. They can and do explode at any time. Problem is no defense. IF Bush is NOT used all the time (to fragile) but used on the swing plays, tosses, as a slot he will be open.