Reggie Bush and the Saints need to come up with a new contract for Bush to remain in New Orleans next season.
Most observers — locally and nationally — expect just that to happen. The thinking is that Sean Payton still values Bush more than any other team would, and the two sides will be able to work something out.
Payton certainly supported that theory in comments on Tuesday.
“He’s a guy that we feel will be a part of our team,” Payton said via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Bush needs to take a big pay cut from his scheduled $11.8 million.
“I think there will be a number,” Payton said. “We just have to find that number that both sides are comfortable with.”
Payton feels confident in Bush’s future with the Saints in part because Bush has expressed a desire to stay in New Orleans. Perhaps Bush knows that Payton’s offense suits him well, and the market for him elsewhere would not be especially strong.