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Seahawks consider Michael Bush, Jacob Tamme

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The Seahawks have signed quarterback Matt Flynn, and now it’s time to add some offensive skill position players around him.

Toward that end, running back Michael Bush and tight end Jacob Tamme have scheduled visits in Seattle, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Bush is one of the many veteran running backs who have found out the hard way over the last week that the market for veteran running backs isn’t strong. The reality in the NFL is that most teams just aren’t looking to spend a lot of money on running backs, and the teams that do spend a lot of money on running backs often come to regret it.

However, if the Seahawks can sign Bush to a relatively inexpensive deal, in addition to the relatively expensive deal they gave Marshawn Lynch, Seattle would have a nice 1-2 punch at running back. Bush gained 977 yards for the Raiders last year, while Lynch gained 1,204 yards for the Seahawks.

Tamme became a solid receiving option for Peyton Manning in 2010, catching 67 passes for 631 yards, but as the Colts faltered without Manning in 2011, Tamme didn’t get involved much in the passing game, catching just 19 balls for 177 yards.

Bush checks in at No. 22 on our Free Agent Hot 100, while Tamme is No. 90.

UPDATE, 11:00 a.m.: Schefter later reported that Bush has not yet scheduled a visit to Seattle, but the Seahawks very much want him.

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29 Responses to “Seahawks consider Michael Bush, Jacob Tamme”
  1. spellingcopfather says: Mar 19, 2012 10:25 AM

    Did this team not learn from last year, not to take Raiders players?

  2. RaiderMight says: Mar 19, 2012 10:27 AM

    Mike should just stay and backup DMAC. It gives him the biggest chance of starting a few games.

  3. JackLeone says: Mar 19, 2012 10:29 AM

    Seattle is really bulking up. They’ll need to with all the improvements to SF.

  4. djrayfla says: Mar 19, 2012 10:29 AM

    Seattle is having a great offseason. Bush would be a great get

  5. benacci says: Mar 19, 2012 10:31 AM

    Tamme is a solid TE.

  6. henson58 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:41 AM

    wrong Bush has no visit lined up with sea plus he won’t make it out of cincy without a contract.

  7. chipwrecked says: Mar 19, 2012 10:41 AM

    “Just arrived in arizona and the weather is awesome. It was getting ugly in oakland with all that rain” @michaelbush29 – If he didn’t like all of the rain in Oakland, he is going to be really unhappy in Seattle! If he isn’t getting a whole lot of interest elsewhere, I could see him signing back with the Raiders. McFadden is only good for half a season.

  8. chocopoppy says: Mar 19, 2012 10:50 AM

    Bengals need Bush. Don’t let Pete Carroll steal him!

  9. seahawks4lyfe says: Mar 19, 2012 10:54 AM

    Please dont sign bush……. He’s from the Raidets and that should tell you alot

  10. mac3333 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:55 AM

    Update: Bush hasnt scheduled a trip to Seattle. Only that Seattle wants him to visit.

    He’s in Cincinnati today. His “hometown” team. (Louisville native, Cincy closest Pro team)

  11. trollhammer20 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:58 AM

    RB is definitely a need area for Seattle, since it seems unlikely Justin Forsett will be back. It makes sense to at least talk to Bush and possibly a few of the other vets who are available, and if nothing can be worked out, look to the draft.

  12. steelcityrapist says: Mar 19, 2012 11:03 AM

    Bush better go to CINCY.

  13. sammythebull44 says: Mar 19, 2012 11:09 AM

    Bush is not an every down back, he wears down because of his size and conditioning..great goal line back and good for 10-12 carries a game

  14. joetoronto says: Mar 19, 2012 11:16 AM

    “Toward that end, running back Michael Bush and tight end Jacob Tamme have scheduled visits in Seattle, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.”

    “UPDATE, 11:00 a.m.: Schefter later reported that Bush has not yet scheduled a visit to Seattle, but the Seahawks very much want him.”
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    Who cares if you’re right, as long as you’re first.

    Right, Adam?

  15. mobuccsfan says: Mar 19, 2012 11:27 AM

    I don’t think he will land in Tampa like I thought he would at the onset of FA. I think he would be a good complimentary back but not a legitimate, full-time starter or every-down back. Tampa should at least kick the tires on a few of these remaining FA RBs and see if there isn’t a match. Tampa definitely needs to try to jump into the LB pool and grab one of the better ones that are left (not many options). I don’t think they can draft two legit starters at LB in the draft. One perhaps and even then, chances of being that great, that quick, not likely. Better to have a solid/stud LB with veteran experience on the team.
    I think TB’s draft will be very defense heavy, as it should be. If it isn’t, then nothing they did this off-season will mean jack.

    Anyways, back on topic…Bush lands in Cincy, Arizona or Oakland. Those are where I see him working well.

  16. hoberkunce says: Mar 19, 2012 11:49 AM

    Schefter is frequently wrong about the Seahawks, so take any info from him with a grain of salt. Yesterday he said that Flynn met with Gallery at Seahawks HQ even though Gallery was cut 2 days before.

  17. fatoldsun1 says: Mar 19, 2012 11:56 AM

    Cincy can give him a bigger workload. He signs there.

  18. cannonballdookie says: Mar 19, 2012 11:59 AM

    Why invest that much money into the RB position? If Lynch is your guy, let him be your guy and maybe bring in a cheap backup.

  19. djcologne says: Mar 19, 2012 12:24 PM

    Bush wants to start…he doesn’t get that opportunity in Seattle….he could start in Arizona or Cinnci….won’t start in Oakland until DMC goes down w/ another injury….

  20. trollhammer20 says: Mar 19, 2012 12:30 PM

    cannonballdookie says:Mar 19, 2012 11:59 AM

    Why invest that much money into the RB position? If Lynch is your guy, let him be your guy and maybe bring in a cheap backup.
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    The market for veteran RBs seems to be pretty soft. A guy like Bush may be cheaper than people think. It makes sense to at least talk with him and find out what the market is.

    Look at how Seattle handled Flynn. They made an offer, and let him go check out Miami before signing him to a very reasonable contract. They’ll deal with Bush the same way. No point in paying a backup huge bucks, but if they can get a decent deal, it would make sense to deal with this need now, and focus on other areas in the draft.

  21. phillyfan4ever says: Mar 19, 2012 12:45 PM

    I could see Michael Bush as a nice compliment back to Shady McCoy in Philly.

  22. bmceh says: Mar 19, 2012 12:51 PM

    Either Bush or Tolbert will make for a great compliment to Lynch, and it’s looking like they’ll both be available at a great price.
    I’d like the pass catching abilities of Tolbert, but defenses won’t get any plays off no matter which guy is signed. Seattle will have 2 very tough runners helping Flynn next fall.
    Hate to say goodbye to Forsett — great dude.

  23. 5against1 says: Mar 19, 2012 1:01 PM

    If I had my choice as to which, if either, TE the Colts brought back, I’d choose Tamme over Dallas any day. He’s a solid player.

  24. firemarshal1 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    Hey Michael Bush, Cincinnati would be a perfect place for you and the Bengals. They run a good game that fit you well.

  25. rev279 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:18 PM

    “JackLeone says: Mar 19, 2012 10:29 AM

    Seattle is really bulking up. They’ll need to with all the improvements to SF.”

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    You mean like upgrading to Kapernick at QB. Or are you talking about the 35 yr old receiver who couldn’t get a job anywhere else?

  26. firemarshal1 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:36 PM

    Come on Mike Brown, sign Michael Bush, he local guy. He’ll play with extra pride. He’ll be a fan favorite. Please Mr.Brown……… The fans will appreciate it.

  27. huejackson says: Mar 19, 2012 11:19 PM

    I think Bush is staying with the Raiders, Raiders let him go and see what he thought he is worth and he thought he was worth alot more than he was…
    Dont pull a zack miller Bush… Look how his career ended up

  28. jmac2396 says: Mar 20, 2012 5:55 PM

    I would like to see Bush and Tamme with the Seahawks. They fit in with the type of upgrades Schneider and Carroll prefer, and the kind that Seattle needs. They would further enable the team to pick a star or two at necessary positions of need.

  29. chawk12thman says: Mar 20, 2012 11:37 PM

    Bush would get the 8-10 carries he needs to be the most effective and Tamme will fit right into the Hawk’s offense and be a great asset.

    If they sign one of the two you would have to give the Hawks a B for a grade this FA. Both sign and you are at a B+.

    Good job Seattle FO.

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