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Sean Payton confident that Reggie Bush will return to Saints

Reggie Bush, Joe Zelenka, Ovie Mughelli, Jason Snelling AP

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.

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10 Responses to “Sean Payton confident that Reggie Bush will return to Saints”
  1. goawayeverybody says: Mar 22, 2011 9:19 PM

    Super Bowl XLVI: Saints defeat Ravens 38-17.

  2. 504in860 says: Mar 22, 2011 9:27 PM

    He’s a good fit for the Saints and Payton’s offense. Put Reggie on any other team, and he’ll be even worse than he is now.

  3. FinFan68 says: Mar 22, 2011 9:30 PM

    The Dolphins could use a 3rd down back/dangerous return guy…but not for that salary.

  4. airraid77 says: Mar 22, 2011 9:31 PM

    Can you say charlie garner? Marshall faulk? Roger craig?
    In the right system, bush would be a stud. Used correctly would be a nightmare. There will be plenty of interest from people who want to throw the ball to the back, not the wr, in bush.

  5. 504in860 says: Mar 22, 2011 10:01 PM

    The Dolphins could use one of each of everything. lol

  6. Burritto says: Mar 22, 2011 10:15 PM

    What’s your basis for that, airraid77?

    I’ve seen every game of Bush’s career and I think it’s a huge slap in the face to those guys to lump Bush in there. Charlie Garner wasn’t worth waiting for (but still way better than I’ve seen out of Bush), Craig hit the ground running (42 TDs in his first 4 seasons), and Faulk is an all-time great (no parenthetical needed).

    I’m willing to hear you out, but the only evidence I can see that Bush could be a “stud” is that he was awesome in college 6 years ago. Not good enough.

  7. freedomispopular says: Mar 22, 2011 11:36 PM

    He’d fit well with the Eagles’ offense.

  8. airraid77 says: Mar 23, 2011 12:24 AM

    He is not a dot the I tailback, never was. EVEN AT USC. Nor is he a wr.
    jon gruden got garner on the cheap because of the exact same reputation.
    Craig was an option fullback in college and not an I formation tailback at anypoint in the NFL.
    bush is a perimeter runner, and an absolute nightmare vs base defenses.
    the problem with him new orleans is that he is not the second best tailback nor is he the 3rd or 4th best rec.
    He fits the exact same role as those other players did.
    faulk was better runner, but his true value was as a reciever out of the backfield.

  9. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 23, 2011 2:05 PM

    Bush wouldn’t be as good in any other system. The Saints spread the ball around a lot allowing him to not be focused on entirely by the defense. Other teams would try to make him the #1 guy all the time and he’s proven that he’s not that capable.
    He’s a good role player and can be a threat but he isn’t the gamebreaker that he was in college.
    If it wasn’t for Bush the Saints probably don’t win the Superbowl. He was an integral part in that championship season.

  10. bmfandre says: Mar 23, 2011 5:59 PM

    I he was smart he’d get a deal done to stay here.

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