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Reports: Michael Bush, Terence Newman visiting the Bengals

Raiders' Bush scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the team's NFL football game against the Bears in Oakland Reuters

Free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has scheduled a visit with the Bengals, as mentioned previously, but he’s not the only back drawing interest from the team.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that free agent Michael Bush is also slated to meet with Cincinnati.

Specifically, Bush is visiting the Bears on Wednesday and the Bengals on Monday.

Bush would probably be a preferred option over Green-Ellis because of his superior passing-game skills. Bush is a bone-crushing pass blocker and a deceptively smooth receiver for his size.

Bryan Broaddus of ESPN Dallas reported earlier in the day that he’s “hearing” free agent cornerback Terence Newman will visit Cincinnati, as well. Newman is over the hill, but has ties to Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and could be a quality signing for depth.

The Bengals laid low on the first night of free agency, but they’re active today.

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14 Responses to “Reports: Michael Bush, Terence Newman visiting the Bengals”
  1. joetoronto says: Mar 14, 2012 1:26 PM

    “Bush is a bone-crushing pass blocker and a deceptively smooth receiver for his size.”

    Whoa there.

    Bush is NOT a good pass blocking RB, he’s great out of the backfield and very nimble for a power back, but he’s not great at pass blocking.

  2. tatatoothy says: Mar 14, 2012 1:26 PM

    Michael Bush could be an absolute STUD in Cincy. Law firm could be good, too. But I think Bush has top 5-10 quality in his game.

    For the train wreck this franchise has been for so long, couple with last year’s draft, they really seem to be making good decisions lately…

  3. brientomas says: Mar 14, 2012 1:30 PM

    lol @ M. Bush being a bone crushing pass blocker, dude straight whiffs on every attempt to pass block.

  4. cags777 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:31 PM

    If Michael Bush didn’t have a breakout season last year in Oakland, this is his year to do so in Cincy.

  5. war27 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:37 PM

    Bone crushing pass blocker? You’ve never seen him play a whole game if you make comments like that.

    He’s a slow plodder. What he lacks in speed he makes up for with pure power. He is not the second coming of Michael Turner here and the team that thinks he is is going to get burned on this deal.

    He will be over paid. He will not live up to that paycheck. Still want him on the Raiders because he’s a great #2 back.

  6. radrntn says: Mar 14, 2012 1:38 PM

    Bush, if somebody is willing to give you 30 million for four seasons, I wish you the best, if you want to do 5 for 22.5, come back.

  7. joetoronto says: Mar 14, 2012 1:38 PM

    brientomas says:
    Mar 14, 2012 1:30 PM
    lol @ M. Bush being a bone crushing pass blocker, dude straight whiffs on every attempt to pass block.
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    Silva must be thinking of McFadden, who really does light people up, both pass blocking & run blocking.

  8. kingdavid56 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:51 PM

    Have fun with T. Old(Newman)

  9. gbraider says: Mar 14, 2012 1:55 PM

    Michael Bush and “pass blocker” is an oxy moron…where in the hell is this Evan Silva guy getting his info? Did he watch any raiders games last year? It’s more like Michael Bush is an “ole’ ” pass blocking back!!!! Horrible at picking up the blitz and wore down after 3/4 games. Best of luck Bushy….

  10. raiderredleg says: Mar 14, 2012 1:59 PM

    Posted by Evan Silva on March 14, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    Bush is a bone-crushing pass blocker and a deceptively smooth receiver for his size.
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    Will buy the “smooth receiver for his size”, but “bone-crushing pass blocker” is a bit much.

    Part of Carson Palmer’s problems towards the end of the season was that M. Bush had to become an every down back with DMAC and T. Jones hurt (and Hue for some reason refused to put DMAC on IR and sign another back).

    By playing every down, Bush was too gassed to pass block on 3rd down leaving Palmer’s blind side wide open to any kind of blitz/pass rush.

    Liked him as a change of pace for DMAC, but he reminds me too much of the second coming of Lamont Jordan and no way do you give a 30 something RB a long term/high dollar contract in this day and age in the NFL.

  11. dalfanforever says: Mar 14, 2012 2:00 PM

    Newman…figures. Mike Zimmer…

  12. darocnessmonsta says: Mar 14, 2012 2:24 PM

    any other cowboys fan notice how the bengals cant wait to pick up our left overs just about every yr

  13. whodeytrox says: Mar 14, 2012 3:34 PM

    @raiderredleg “no way do you give a 30 something RB a long term/high dollar contract in this day and age in the NFL.”

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    Bush is 27….And Carson Palmer gets sacked constantly because he never moves in the pocket. The Raiders also had one of the worst O-lines in the league, and they got so many penalties that most of their 3rd downs were 3rd and longs. This caused Carson’s roots to have more time to branch throughout the field beneath him. Can’t blame that on Bush’s pass blocking. Who the hell is Lamont Jordan? In 9 seasons he rushed for over 500yds twice. MB has already done that 3 out of his first 4 seasons as a backup.

  14. jcioffi1485 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:13 PM

    Trust me…..even when all the teams havejust $1.56 left in cap money, the remaining free agents would rather douse themselves in gasoline and light themselves on fire than play for the Bengals. It pisses me off…..what is it that nobody wants to play for this team?

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