Burleson also did some recruiting ahead of the start of free agency. Dolphins running back Reggie Bush was the target of his plea as Burleson told Bush to take his talents from South Beach to the shores of the Detroit River.
“I know it’s not as sunny, and it might not be the same type of glitz and glamor, but you can do wonders for us,” Burleson said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “He came from USC, and everybody knows he can go out there and shake a little bit, wiggle a little bit and break that big run. And for him to put up two 1,000-yard seasons the last couple years proves that he’s still an elite running back. And if I can get Reggie Bush in a Detroit Lions uniform, ooh-wee, watch out.”
Birkett isn’t sure whether or not the Lions could afford to sign Bush as a free agent, but he does look like he’d be a nice fit for a Lions team that never replaced what they thought they’d be getting from Jahvid Best last season. Birkett pointed that out while noting that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford recently started following Bush on Twitter (as mentioned in Monday’s one-liners) and getting an extension done with Stafford would be one way for the Lions to open up money for a Bush signing.