Raiders running back Michael Bush, who was facing an unusual contract situation as a restricted free agent, has decided to report to camp.
The Raiders took Bush in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL draft, and he signed a four-year contract as a rookie. That would ordinarily have made him an unrestricted free agent this year, but Bush missed his entire rookie season with an injury he suffered in college, and he spent that entire year on the non-football injury list. That year didn’t count as an accrued season toward free agency, so Bush was a restricted free agent, not an unrestricted free agent.
Bush was apparently unhappy about that, but he has now decided to report. It’s not clear whether he signed his one-year, $2.6 million tender offer, or whether he and the Raiders agreed to a new deal, but he is with the Raiders in Napa today.
Bush is coming off a 2010 season in which he had career highs in carries (158), yards (655) and touchdowns (eight).