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Bush gets four years, $16 million from Lions

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Seven years ago, Reggie Bush’s status as the No. 2 overall pick in the draft resulted in a mammoth contract.

Today, Bush did as well as he could, given the market for the position he plays.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Bush signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Lions.  The deal includes a $4 million signing bonus and a $1 million base salary in 2013, a $3.5 million base salary in 2014, a $3.25 million base salary and a $250,000 roster bonus in 2015, and a $3.75 million base salary and $250,000 roster bonus in 2016.

The cap charges in 2013 will be only $2 million.  Next year, it moves to $4.5 million.  In 2015, it will be $4.5 million again, with a cap number of $5 million in 2016.

For a veteran running back who isn’t among the very best tailbacks in the game, it’s a solid deal.  The market typically is in the range of $3 million; Bush got $1 million more, on average.

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16 Responses to “Bush gets four years, $16 million from Lions”
  1. kingmj4891 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:53 PM

    Lions scored today! Hope they can now outscore the the other teams. But heck with Quin and Jones the D may finally be able to play decent and help
    win some games.

  2. Soulman45 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS is just getting better on their way to the Super Bowl.
    13-3 this year.

  3. Land Snark says: Mar 13, 2013 4:01 PM

    “For a veteran running back who isn’t among the very best tailbacks in the game, it’s a solid deal.”

    To think that when he was drafted he was going to be the second coming of Sayers.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 13, 2013 4:02 PM

    $4MM per year to open up another half of the playbook isn’t that bad of a deal. Have fun Defenses!

  5. sgtdiver says: Mar 13, 2013 4:02 PM

    most of us wanted him to be south of 5. lets be honest though, This hasnt been a big fa hot spot.

  6. shaggytoodle says: Mar 13, 2013 4:07 PM

    He’s good but I don’t think he is going to be the piece that puts them over the top.

  7. mrlaloosh says: Mar 13, 2013 4:09 PM

    Al least Reggie will bring some class to a classless organization and city.

  8. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2013 4:09 PM

    What a great deal for the Lions. Reggie Bush is exactly what they needed, throw Mikel Leshoure in there and thats quite the backfield.

  9. davefu50 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:10 PM

    This contract and the willingness of other FA’s to sign reasonable deals shows how much players respect the Lions and their staff. They sure aren’t going there for the Detroit scenery.

  10. lks311 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:13 PM

    What’s the bid deal…it’s the NFL. He’s on a year to year contract and the he knows and the Lions know he’ll never see 2016. It’s a deal this team needed to make because anyone in draft was far from a sure thing.

    Calvin’s prime is now and they needed to find a Best replacement.

  11. voiceofreason says: Mar 13, 2013 4:15 PM

    If defenses don’t respect Reggie, and he gets to run against 6 and 7 man boxes…..watch out…….If they DO respect him, Calvin will take full advantage. Pick your poison NFL.

  12. flavordave says: Mar 13, 2013 4:18 PM

    Cute little move but I dont see what it has to do with the Eagles and Chip Kellys intricate offense. You are all to bear witness to what we unleash this year.

  13. zenrooster says: Mar 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    I am one of those people who think Bush is a very good player and this is a great fit. This guy is sometimes a better catcher than a runner so he can line up in the backfield and easily be motioned in the slot. The only worry is Stafford – dunno which side of the bed he wakes up on a given Sunday.

    Great pickup, reasonable price. I am a ‘hawks fan so this is totally unbiased :)

  14. shwoogy1 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:29 PM

    You still aren’t going to beat the Bears. Nice try though.

  15. kpow55 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:36 PM

    flavordave says:
    Mar 13, 2013 4:18 PM
    Cute little move but I dont see what it has to do with the Eagles and Chip Kellys intricate offense. You are all to bear witness to what we unleash this year.

    —————————————–

    When is the last time the Eagles have done anything? Choked in one superbowl in 40 plus years since the merger?

    The Eagles and Skins trolls are out. Redskins had one decent year in the last 15 and are acting like the kid that found $10 on the playground and thinks he’s rich for life.

  16. megatronn81 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:42 AM

    Everyone talks about the damage Calvin will be able to do now, but don’t forget about Ryan Broyles. This offense can be lethal now that we have a legit back who can catch out of the backfield.

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