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Looking at whether Reggie Bush is tradeable

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

In an article for NewOrleans.com, longtime Saints beat writer Brian Allee-Walsh spoke with an “astute NFL deal maker” about Reggie Bush’s future.

They talked about his value to the Saints and whether his contract would be easy to restructure.  It all made sense, but a quote about Bush’s trade value caught our eye.  The deal maker estimated Bush could get a  “firm fourth-round pick that could go to a conditional three’’ in a trade.

The Saints surely wish that was true.

Bush would have to work out a new contract with another team, and that team would have to come to terms with the Saints. While Bush would have plenty of value as a free agent, we think this is overestimating his pull over the rest of the NFL.

Teams simply don’t give up draft picks for free when they know that player needs to be cut. We’re not in April anymore. The Saints can’t keep Bush on their roster at his current salary, so teams can wait them out.

If Bush was a better player, perhaps the Saints could pull this off.  But a strong free agent running back market will make it very difficult.

DeAngelo Williams, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Darren Sproles are among the players that are excellent on third downs and won’t require trade compensation.  Other “workhorse” backs will fill roles elsewhere, while guys like Joseph Addai, Brandon Jackson, and Jason Snelling will also get jobs.

At a time when teams will be furiously making moves, we highly doubt Bush will be so desired that someone will give up a draft pick and a big deal for a player that has had such an inconsistent NFL career.

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37 Responses to “Looking at whether Reggie Bush is tradeable”
  1. skoobyfl says: Jun 28, 2011 2:03 PM

    Reggie is not tradeable & his contract needs to be $.25 on the dollar for him to even play in the NFL.

  2. northeastern31 says: Jun 28, 2011 2:05 PM

    I wonder if that Pats are interested in any of those guys?

  3. ac0117 says: Jun 28, 2011 2:07 PM

    Not really. I’m of the opinion that they will keep him at a reasonable deal though; he’s a pretty unique player in terms of what he brings to the Saints and he’s already accepted that he’s not going to be making what he had in the past.

  4. benh999 says: Jun 28, 2011 2:09 PM

    “Bush would have to work out a new contract with another team…”

    If Bush were willing to renegotiate his contract with a trade partner, NO should do better than a conditional third or fourth round pick. Worse players get traded for second rounders every year.

    “Teams simply don’t give up draft picks for free when they know that player needs to be cut…”

    Unless they know the free agency market will require they give up a lot more money to obtain him. Cap space can be more important than draft picks.

  5. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 28, 2011 2:10 PM

    The body of this story should’ve just been: “Nope.”

  6. p4hbiz says: Jun 28, 2011 2:10 PM

    I’ll take Sproles before I take Bush. That’s coming from a BIG USC fan.

    I just don’t think he’s productive enough. His 1st year was his best, usually backs get better year to year.

    I can see the pats using him, the saints stop being creative using him after that 1st year.

  7. revischrist says: Jun 28, 2011 2:13 PM

    Pats have Green-Ellis,Woodhead and drafted two backs. Doubt they’re interested

  8. pacificamjr says: Jun 28, 2011 2:17 PM

    Reggie is a fringe player… he’s the kind of player that sprains his ankle in training camp and 2 weeks later is asking if youd like to supersize your meal-deal for another 99 cents.

    he cant block
    cant play special teams
    sucks at short yardage
    locker room cancer

    bye bye reggie

  9. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 28, 2011 2:21 PM

    I’m a Bengals fan and even I wouldn’t want Reggie Bush. If fact, I’d rather have Michael Bush. Reggie is all hype + no production + injuries= No thanks.

  10. harmcityhomer says: Jun 28, 2011 2:29 PM

    There is no chance. All 32 teams would be interested in him as a free agent return man/ 3rd down back/ slot WR or whatever, but no one could justify his salary or trading for a player that is obviously going to get cut.

  11. tombradyswig says: Jun 28, 2011 2:34 PM

    not “tradeable”
    but reggie bust is always “cutable”!!
    c ya chump!

    ps – give the heisman back, crook!

  12. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 28, 2011 2:38 PM

    Reggie bush is a good player. you just gotta use him right.

    dual half back sets
    slot receiver
    return man.

    He is not an NFL RB.,, who’s laughin at the texans now.. (everyone still)

  13. dontouchmyjunk says: Jun 28, 2011 2:38 PM

    On the right team, Reggie Bush could be the difference maker. No matter that he’s been inconsistent as a running back, he’s still a home run hitter in three different areas. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he resigns with the Saints under more favorable terms.

  14. lacharger2112 says: Jun 28, 2011 2:41 PM

    He would have much more value if he were still with Kim.
    Now, he’s just a below average Heisman loser.

  15. CKL says: Jun 28, 2011 2:44 PM

    I was hopping the Pats would grab DeAngelo but after the draft it looks like they filled that need.
    If Bush won’t take a decent paycut NO should sign DeAngelo and cut Bush. I think Payton would maximize Williams’ talents big time. DW is very underrated as a pass receiver and despite his size, can run between the tackles. Bush with most other playcallers would have been not much of a contributor IMO. Payton is one of the best.

  16. dbellina says: Jun 28, 2011 2:56 PM

    If I was looking for a situational/third down back, I would take Sproles over Bush any day.

  17. dolfan34 says: Jun 28, 2011 2:58 PM

    You’re kidding. How could a guy with a $12.5 million option be tradeable? They’re dreaming. Why would teams offer anything up for a guy that if the Saints can’t re-negotiate, they can chop him. Makes no sense?

    Besides….he’s really just another guy. They’re are other guys that can do what he does and all it would take is money to sign them.

  18. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 28, 2011 3:04 PM

    He’s a PR/KR and a 3rd down back and nothing more. He deserves $2-3M/year, tops.

  19. winkeroni says: Jun 28, 2011 3:18 PM

    I could see a team trading a conditional 6th for a conditional 7th and Reggie Bush if they are expecting him to be cut.

  20. mrlynch33 says: Jun 28, 2011 3:22 PM

    He’ll end up getting cut and then go to Seattle…and be awful there.

  21. tigerphins says: Jun 28, 2011 3:55 PM

    If Reggie can carry the ball with as much conviction as he did in the 2010 playoffs then he has some quality worth in the NFL.

    That’s a MAJOR “if” though.

  22. tigerphins says: Jun 28, 2011 3:59 PM

    Reggie poses a nice compliment to Daniel Thomas & Lex Hilliard in Miami.

    The Fins need an explosive back who can be moved around the field and is capable of taking advantage of the space provided by Brandon Marshall (and especially if rookies, Edmund Gates & Charles Clay, can effectively stretch the field).

    Don’t think Miami fans would be complaining about checkdowns when they’re going to Reggie instead of Ronnie, Ricky, or Polite.

  23. goforthanddie says: Jun 28, 2011 4:03 PM

    The UFL is hiring…

  24. glynners says: Jun 28, 2011 4:11 PM

    pacificamjr says:

    “he cant block”

    Oh so very wrong. Ask Brees if Bush can block
    ————————————————

    mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says:

    “I’m a Bengals fan and even I wouldn’t want Reggie Bush. ..”

    Reggie Bush likes this

  25. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 28, 2011 4:14 PM

    pacificamjr says: Jun 28, 2011 2:17 PM

    Reggie is a fringe player… he’s the kind of player that sprains his ankle in training camp and 2 weeks later is asking if youd like to supersize your meal-deal for another 99 cents.

    he cant block
    cant play special teams
    sucks at short yardage
    locker room cancer

    bye bye reggie
    _____

    MORON ALERT!! MORON ALERT!!! Everybody hide your cats there is an idiot on the loose!

    Ok first of all…supersize your meal-deal? WTF? This dood stays in spectacular shape all year round, are you confusing him with your girlfriend???
    Can’t play special teams? I guess you don’t watch NFL football.
    …and locker room cancer? Since when? Oh you’re talking about tweeter and PFT and NFL Live? Yeah because those are definitely the center of the universe.. and have SOOO much bearing on what NFL players think, give me a break.
    Next time you decide to open your mouth get a permission slip and a helmet, we don’t want you to hurt yourself.

  26. orakpwnd1983 says: Jun 28, 2011 4:38 PM

    Niche Back.

  27. laeaglefan says: Jun 28, 2011 4:56 PM

    Reggie Bush? Hell….I’d rather have GEORGE Bush!

  28. steelerer says: Jun 28, 2011 4:58 PM

    benh999 says:
    Jun 28, 2011 2:09 PM
    “Bush would have to work out a new contract with another team…”

    If Bush were willing to renegotiate his contract with a trade partner, NO should do better than a conditional third or fourth round pick. Worse players get traded for second rounders every year.

    “Teams simply don’t give up draft picks for free when they know that player needs to be cut…”

    Unless they know the free agency market will require they give up a lot more money to obtain him. Cap space can be more important than draft picks.

    ———————————————-

    doesnt matter what other players are getting, rbs dont command that much especially when they have missed 16 games in the last 3 seasons and have had microfracture sugery within those same 3 seasons.

    2nd bush is not going to renegotiate a contract just to get traded, he would just refuse knowing he could test the open market and play where he wants. Most players who renegotiate their contract in order to get traded are not making close to 12 million dollars in that final year so they are looking for a any deal they can get bush because the present team they are on can keep them for that final year for cheap.

  29. p4hbiz says: Jun 28, 2011 5:50 PM

    And you know what, he was never the same after that HIT he took from that Eagles CB..

    That was Lights Out, he lost his running fear when he was hit like that..

  30. endzonezombie says: Jun 28, 2011 6:20 PM

    Many people post here because their uninformed opinions would get them banned as trolls on an actual team website. I’ll leave it to Saints fans to post their opinions on their players on their own sites.

  31. burntorangehorn says: Jun 28, 2011 6:49 PM

    laeaglefan says:
    Jun 28, 2011 4:56 PM
    Reggie Bush? Hell….I’d rather have GEORGE Bush
    ======================
    I wouldn’t go quite that far, but…nice.

  32. stafford2calvin says: Jun 28, 2011 6:50 PM

    Regardless of his inconsistency as a starting RB, he’s still as explosive as they come. Last time I checked, teams are using 2 and 3 back systems now a days and he could fit the “lightning” role in a system that many teams run. If he hits the market the guys gonna get 4-5mill a year. Like the guy above said hes still an explosive weapon as a receiver, RB in a RBBC system, punt returner and kick returner. Personally I’ll take a shot in the dark and say Washington will go after him, although in FA not sure whether NO would trade him there.

    Btw this is coming from a lions fan, bias-free…

  33. sfsaintsfan says: Jun 28, 2011 6:52 PM

    p4hbiz says:

    “And you know what, he was never the same after that HIT he took from that Eagles CB..

    That was Lights Out, he lost his running fear when he was hit like that..”

    Was that before or after the Eagles won the Super Bowl?

  34. descendency says: Jun 28, 2011 7:46 PM

    @northeastern31

    Probably not. That’s why the drafted Shane Vereen. Carrying 5 backs is abnormal, so they won’t be trading for a 5th unless they are seriously worried about their current group.

  35. boltfaninfalconcountry says: Jun 28, 2011 9:22 PM

    No one is calling the Texans stupid now.

  36. benh999 says: Jun 28, 2011 10:46 PM

    steelerer,
    You are applying way too much rationale to the market. The prices set for players — via trade or f/a — by lousy teams making yet another lousy decision. I am not saying I think Bush is worth much, just that for better or worse, the market will probably give him and inflated in a trade or in free agency.

  37. mrlynch33 says: Jul 2, 2011 9:00 PM

    Im guessing he goes to the AFC…doesn’t want to get injured by those 49ers again…haha

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