Last year, Saints running back Reggie Bush reportedly wasn’t inclined to reduce his $8 million base salary in the wake of a Super Bowl season. And the Saints opted to pay him that much money for 2010.
They’d probably like to have a Mulligan. Bush suffered a fractured fibula after muffing a punt in Week Two against the 49ers, and he ultimately appeared in only eight games. He rushed for 150 yards and generated 208 receiving.
That’ $22,346.36 for each yard from scrimmage.
This year, Bush’s salary skyrockets to $11.8 million. And he realizes that the team can’t justify paying him that much money.
“Common sense would tell you probably not,” Bush told reporters on Tuesday, per Bradley Handwerger of WWL-TV. “But most likely not. We’ll see what happens.”
Unlike 2010, he’s willing to take less money to stay.
“I’m open to whatever is going to help me stay here,” Bush said. “Obviously, with that said, you have to be fair to yourself. You have to be fair to whatever the market sets. I’m not stupid or dumb. I know that obviously there’s going to have to be some type of restructuring going on here. With that said, you’ve just got to kind of hash it out as best as you can. Negotiations, things can go a million different ways.
“My No. 1 goal is to be back here, be a New Orleans Saint and hopefully be able to play my career out here.”
It makes sense for both sides. And unless the Saints are hoping to recoup some of that $22,346.36-per-yard-from-scrimmage, the team and the player should be able to work out a deal that keeps him fairly compensated, perhaps by paying him extra based on his ability to suit up for games and his performances once he does.