It looks like Reggie Bush is on his way out of Miami.
According to the Miami Herald, an unnamed source close to the running back said that three teams, including the Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals, have showed a significant interest in signing the free-agent Bush and the Dolphins are not one of those teams. The source went on to say that Bush will not be returning to don a Dolphins uniform next season.
Bush has been a valuable member of the Dolphins since joining the team in 2011. He’s averaged more than 1,000 rushing per season and has scored 12 touchdowns and enjoyed his first season in which he started each and every game in 2012. The 28-year-old Bush has now rushed for more than 4,000 yards in his career and has scored 48 total touchdowns (rushing and receiving).
The Dolphins have been courting Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas to take over the starting running back position, but it’s not clear whether they will compete for one spot or may split time. That’s something that will probably be decided as we get closer to the 2013 season.
The Dolphins look like they are also prepared to cut ties with tackle Jake Long, as they haven’t showed any urgency in negotiating a new contract for him.
The losses will probably hurt the Phins for the upcoming season. They are already a 50/1 long shot to win the Super Bowl in 2014, according to Bovada.lv, and finding replacements for productive players like Long and Bush won’t be as easy as they may think, at least not this year.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals and the Lions could sure use a capable runner like Bush. Both teams were among the worst rushing teams in the league last year and although both teams have some instability along the offensive line, the Lions are at least a team with other weapons that would be able to take some of the load of Bush, while giving him more opportunities to find open space. With negotiations still in the early stages, there’s no telling where Bush may go at this moment.
We’ll have to wait and see if the decision to let Bush go pays off long term for the Phins, but Miami fans are likely to be unhappy with the move in the present. Bush has been one of the more popular players since he came into the league, and although he hasn’t lived up to many’s expectations, he had grown into a productive role on a young team and being productive at the demanding running back position in the NFL is about all that a team can ask for.