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Bush, Lions have a deal

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The first-ever Reggie Bush free-agency tour was a short one.

Per a league source, the Lions and Bush have agreed to terms on a new contract.

Bush reportedly was offered the starting job in Detroit, something that other interested teams may not have been willing (Cardinals) or able (Redskins) to do.  For Bush, playing time is far more important than money, given that he has made a whole lot of it in seven NFL seasons, entering the league as the second overall pick in the draft and striking plenty of lucrative endorsement deals.

He proved during two years in Miami that he can be a durable, every-down back.  But as running backs go he’s getting long in the tooth.  It’s unclear how many years he has left.

Given that the Lions possess one of the best passing attacks in the league, there should be plenty of running lanes for Bush, along with opportunities for swing passes in zones cleared out by Calvin Johnson.

Terms of the deal aren’t yet known.  Regardless, the Lions got a little better today.

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96 Responses to “Bush, Lions have a deal”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 13, 2013 1:23 PM

    Fool. Enjoy losing for the rest of your useful years. You weren’t worthy to wear the Burgundy and Gold anyways.

  2. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Mar 13, 2013 1:24 PM

    Wow. Great move for the Lions. That offense should be fun to watch this year. Now if they can just fix that defense.

  3. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:24 PM

    Bad signing all around. Lions need a power back to move that Safety up, and Bush needs an OC with ingenuity.

    Bush should have been more patient.

  4. lololnpnp says: Mar 13, 2013 1:26 PM

    Awwwww yeah that’s what I’m talkin ’bout!! Go Lions!

  5. wildbillesq says: Mar 13, 2013 1:26 PM

    Good luck Reggie! I wish you nothing but success.

    -A Dolphin’s Fan

  6. detroitsports1234 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:26 PM

    Detroits going hollywood

  7. audioflint says: Mar 13, 2013 1:26 PM

    Prediction: 8-10 win year for Motown with that offense (if healthy)

  8. flavordave says: Mar 13, 2013 1:26 PM

    it’s just an ok move for the Lions. We all know that they have no chance getting to the playoffs let alone beating the Eagles in the playoffs. They need to concentrate on defense and how to stop Chip Kelly’s intricate offense

  9. finsrule2222 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:26 PM

    I’m gonna miss Reggie down here in Miami. He was the hardest worker despite being one of the more famous players on the team. I’ll always be a Reggie fan after the 2 years he gave us.

  10. mikelitoris1 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:27 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 13, 2013 1:23 PM
    Fool. Enjoy losing for the rest of your useful years. You weren’t worthy to wear the Burgundy and Gold anyways.
    ———————————————————————————————

    Shut up Hulk.

  11. delions00 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:27 PM

    As a Lions fan, I am thrilled to get a back that has an extra gear. We haven’t had a home run threat out of the backfield as far as I can remember (even Barry didn’t have that burner gear, just ridiculous change-of-direction abilities).

    I am becoming cautiously optimistic, and feel slightly better about management since free agency began.

    Welcome to Detroit, Reggie.

  12. zingo1978 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    What in Gods name do you think Leshoure is?? A finesse back?

    says:
    Mar 13, 2013 1:24 PM
    Bad signing all around. Lions need a power back to move that Safety up, and Bush needs an OC with ingenuity.

    Bush should have been more patient.

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  13. kriswd40 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    Javid’s career in Detroit just ended too.

  14. bryguy39 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    vikings fan here. to me that’s a good fit for lions and bush. sucks We have to play against him

  15. nikk1977 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    @Logicalvoicesays: Fool. Enjoy losing for the rest of your useful years. You weren’t worthy to wear the Burgundy and Gold anyways.

    Would you shut up you stupid troll??!!! Do you do anything on this site besides rip on every move that’s made that doesn’t involve your beloved Redskins??

  16. ccjcsr says: Mar 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    Bad fit, Detroit doesn’t run the ball, Stafford just throws the damn ball up.

  17. juke1220 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:29 PM

    Welcome Mr. Reginald Bush! Go Lions!

  18. chawk12thman says: Mar 13, 2013 1:29 PM

    Money is always an issue. If he wasn’t the starting, every down Back, the money would be less. Going to a team that needed that makes fiscal sense. Good on him.

  19. wrap2tyt says: Mar 13, 2013 1:30 PM

    Now all they need is a (real) #2 WR…

  20. jamezz23 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:30 PM

    Now sign Glover Quinn, that would make this free agency a success

  21. titansbro says: Mar 13, 2013 1:31 PM

    I don’t think he’s that long in the tooth for his age. He doesn’t have nearly the amount of touches 7 year rb should have.

  22. playin2x says: Mar 13, 2013 1:31 PM

    Good pickup .. Bush in the backfield catching passes is scary. Throw in pettigrew, megatron, and leshoure you have a nice offense that is explosive. Stafford has the weapons to push the lions into the playoffs lets see how far he can take them now.

  23. jimmyt says: Mar 13, 2013 1:31 PM

    I don’t know what they will pay him but I think they should have tried to sign Steven Jackson. He and Megatron on the field at the same time. Wow.

  24. lks311 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:31 PM

    Correction. The Lions got a LOT better today.

  25. eatitfanboy says: Mar 13, 2013 1:31 PM

    Chronologically he may be long in the tooth, but in terms of actual miles on the engine, he’s a pup.

    He has averaged under 140 carries per season, less than 10 per game, throughout his career.

    He hasn’t even been overused if you add in his receptions- less than 45 per year for the last three years.

    I will wait to see the contract details before I decide whether I think it’s a good signing, but age certainly wouldn’t be a reason to think it’s a bad one.

  26. sapp666 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:31 PM

    Unlike most people in Detroit, I think this is a horrible signing. For one it proves we wasted yet another draft pick on Leshoure and although he is still young, injuries are his demise. I would have rather had Michael Turner or a Steven Jackson in the backfield because they are proved running backs. Hopefully this works out but he will be hurt and out by mid-season.

  27. theboondoggles says: Mar 13, 2013 1:31 PM

    Losing Jahvid Best destroyed the Lions offense, very happy to finally have a player to fill that role. I’ll reserve judgement until we hear about the contract details, but it looks like a solid signing for now.

  28. maestro1899 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    Bad fit IMO. Reggie should have stayed on grass.

    He had his best success on grass. Everyone slows down on grass, but Reggie is still much faster in comparison. It’s also easier on his body playing on grass. He only made it through all 16 games in Miami playing on the grass.

    I know everyone will think it’s a great fit because of his pass-catching, and I agree that part of it is a good fit. But it’s the little things that will make Reggie the Saints version, not hte Dolphins version.

  29. irkjames says: Mar 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    I loved this guy when he was with my Dolphins, but I JUST. DON’T. GET IT.

    Reggie Bush came to Miami talking about how he had this chip on his shoulder to prove he was an every down back. Then, at the end of it all, his camp and others were complaining about how he wasn’t “utilized to the best of his abilities” and how he should have been used the way he was with the Saints as a backfield receiver.

    lolWUT.

    He’s a great leader, but he was free to go on and find another opportunity elsewhere in my eyes. Good luck to him.

  30. sparty0n says: Mar 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    OK, that works. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE O-LINE? Aint nothing gonna happen with that offense without an O-Line!

  31. pbizzy729 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:24 PM

    Bad signing all around. Lions need a power back to move that Safety up, and Bush needs an OC with ingenuity.

    Bush should have been more patient.
    ———————————————————-

    Wonder if you watched any of the Lions games last season. LeShoure is a power back but that didn’t work. They don’t care about moving the safety up, they are more worried about having an every down back they can rely on to catch the ball out of the backfield when needed.

    This is a good move for them, then now have a dynamic RB. And btw they are working on their Def this is only Day 2 of FA and they aren’t going to be paying him that much money.

    logicalvoicesays says: Mar 13, 2013 1:23 PM

    Fool. Enjoy losing for the rest of your useful years. You weren’t worthy to wear the Burgundy and Gold anyways.
    ——————————————–

    And why would he go to the redskins? They already have Alfred Morris, Bush doesn’t want to be a #2 Back. He is looking to start and be the #1 guy.

  32. miriam45 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    As a long time Dolphin fan I’m going to miss Reggie terribly.
    A classy guy if there ever was one.
    Lion fans will enjoy watching him

    Best of luck Reggie and thanks for the fond memories.

  33. lionsfan415 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    Lol at LogicalVoice, whatever buddy the Skins we’re just as futile as the Lions for the past decade, good try buddy

  34. mblue24 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:33 PM

    Great move. Go Lions. Should be very interesting offense. Welcome to the team RB.

  35. kane337 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:33 PM

    Best of luck to you Reggie. Hope you have success.

  36. fflnick says: Mar 13, 2013 1:34 PM

    Lions always after skill people and ignore the grunts.
    They draft/sign the least amount of lineman in football. How often much one watch Stafford throw off his back foot falling away from pressure

  37. brutus9448 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:34 PM

    Good luck reggie. you were a class act in Miami and I’m sure will be in Detroit.

  38. jessethegreat says: Mar 13, 2013 1:34 PM

    If flavordave and logicalvoice mated, they would create a Giants fan whose really a closeted Cowboys fan.

  39. veence69 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:35 PM

    It’s going to be a treat watching the Lions go 8-8 while putting up 50 points a game..

  40. andymannfl says: Mar 13, 2013 1:35 PM

    “He proved during two years in Miami that he can be a durable, every-down back”

    I’m not sure 219 carries and two 100 yard games last year is proof of being an every-down back. He plays hard and with energy but his sparkling moments only show up every three or four games.

  41. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Mar 13, 2013 1:35 PM

    Logicalvoicesays ………Bitterness is contagious. Your constant negative posts are laughable and predictable. Have a nice off season.

  42. dolphins512 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:36 PM

    Fins fan here.

    Congratulations to the Lions on a great move. Bush is a class act and has a great work ethic. He will be very productive for you in that offense.

    Oh, and he is great in the locker room too.

    A very good addition to the Lions.

  43. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:36 PM

    I think this is a great signing for Detroit.

  44. wagons716 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    Great signing for the Lions and I’m glad to that we dont have to see him twice a year anymore, he used to kill my Bills!!!

  45. truninerfan49 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:38 PM

    Great move for both sides.

  46. nolahxc says: Mar 13, 2013 1:38 PM

    Best of luck to Reggie.

  47. justintuckrule says: Mar 13, 2013 1:38 PM

    Why do you people keep egging the trolls on? Ignore him and he’ll go away

  48. lou2730 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:39 PM

    If Bush has so much money, he can expect a visit from the Mayor (not the one in jail) to get a loan fronted. I could see Bush bailing the city out and then charging about a 40% vig under the table for repayment…

  49. sparty0n says: Mar 13, 2013 1:40 PM

    Oh, and I thought they were looking for team leaders, not a lying, cheating dirtbag.

  50. zackattack006 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:41 PM

    Nothing but love for Reggie!!! Run Reggie Run…

    Go Fins!!!

  51. miamatt says: Mar 13, 2013 1:42 PM

    Miami fan wishing Bush nothing but success in Detroit.

    He was a class act in his time here and well known to be THE hardest worker on the team.

    He will give detroit 2-4 explosive games a year, and a steady, workman-like performance outside of that. I hope the turf in the motor city doesn’t negatively impact his health- I know he citied the natural grass in Miami as a major plus for his knees. In any case, he started 31 out of 32 possible games while here in Miami.

    Good luck, Reggie!

  52. metrocritical says: Mar 13, 2013 1:42 PM

    “For Bush, playing time is far more important than money…” Apparently, it’s also more important than winning given that he’s already won a Super Bowl. Now our team can welcome the new RB this year but if there isn’t a dramatic infusion of talent on defense, Bush will be welcoming next year’s new GM and Head Coach.

  53. pacificamjr says: Mar 13, 2013 1:42 PM

    4-12

  54. bearsfan4life says: Mar 13, 2013 1:42 PM

    Ugh. They weren’t the same when Best went down. If Bush can stay healthy the Lions offensive will be tough to defend.

    Good move for the Lions.

  55. whodat318 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:43 PM

    With this move the Lions may now be the best team in the NFC North. Its safe to say that Detroit and GB are on a level playing field defensively. Offensively it will be hard for teams to gameplan against the Lions. If Reggie runs like he proved he can in Miami and is still utilized effectively in the passing game like he was in “WhoDat Nation” look out Green Bay!!! On another note Madden 14′ will be awesome this year due to the parity in the NFL this coming season especially in the NFC. Who do you pick…? New Orleans, Atlanta, San Fran, Seattle, Washington, Detroit, okay I’ll stop right there….

  56. jessethegreat says: Mar 13, 2013 1:43 PM

    Oh no, who’s going to catch Kirk cousins screen passes now when Pierre Garçon joins IRG3 on injured reserve in week 3?

  57. bringin1234 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:44 PM

    Honestly with injury history you really think this is a big deal? They don’t call it the black and blue division for nothing. Not hoping for it but willing to bet Reggie plays 8 or 9 games this season.

  58. jr4real says: Mar 13, 2013 1:44 PM

    Great Signing. Not even a Lions fan but that is a top move!

  59. dexterismyhero says: Mar 13, 2013 1:44 PM

    Jim “Booger” Schwartz: “We’ve got Bush. We’ve got Bush.

    Awesome!!!!

  60. audioflint says: Mar 13, 2013 1:44 PM

    Win or lose I’m glad to see the Lions attempt to do something in Free Agency.

    Prediction: If the Lions get a solid safety, re-sign Durant, and get a #5 talent with their #5 pick, then this team will be dangerous (if healthy).

  61. queensnyvegas says: Mar 13, 2013 1:45 PM

    WHAT ? I THOUGHT RG3 HAD PULL IN DC LOL GO GIANTS 2013 NFC EAST CHAMPS !!!!!!

  62. stillers1229 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:46 PM

    Long in the tooth? The guy barely has any mileage on him at all.

  63. hatesycophants says: Mar 13, 2013 1:48 PM

    Woohoo!

    Nice work today, Mayhew!!!

  64. 69finfan says: Mar 13, 2013 1:48 PM

    Good luck RB in all your future endeavors. Thanks for the time and effort in Miami.

  65. craggt says: Mar 13, 2013 1:50 PM

    fflnick says:
    Mar 13, 2013 1:34 PM
    Lions always after skill people and ignore the grunts.
    They draft/sign the least amount of lineman in football. How often much one watch Stafford throw off his back foot falling away from pressure
    ——————————————–
    Lions firsts round picks:
    2012: OT Reilly Reiff
    2011: DT Nick Fairley
    2010: DT Ndomukong Suh
    2009: QB Matthew Stafford
    2008: OT Gosder Cherilus

    So in the last 5 years they’ve used 4 of 5 first round picks on linemen and the other one on Stafford. If you’d actually watched Lions games you’d know that the Lions’ O-Line has actually been one of the better pass protection groups in the league, they just throw it 50 times a game and are mediocre in run blocking.

  66. packerbackernj says: Mar 13, 2013 1:53 PM

    This changes nothing. Lions and Vikings will be scrapping it out for last place with the Lions prevailing for 4th in the North.

  67. effjohntaylornorelation says: Mar 13, 2013 1:54 PM

    They’ve got Bush!

  68. winkeroni says: Mar 13, 2013 1:56 PM

    Things must not be looking good for Jahvid Best.

  69. lebronjamesisthegoat says: Mar 13, 2013 1:58 PM

    This was the only true opportunity for Bush to play a significant role. A good fit for the Lions and a good fit for Bush. I”m sure he will be used extensively in the passing game.

    As long as they didn’t pay too much for him it’s a nice weapon for the Lions for a couple of years.

  70. tsr3000 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:00 PM

    They should worry about their defense. This was silly.

  71. godevilsasu says: Mar 13, 2013 2:04 PM

    This could potentially be a great signing for the Lions. My only concern is that he’s 28 and we all know what happens to a lot of RBs once they hit 30, so who knows how long he’ll be productive for them. Hopefully they’ll get a deal done with Glover Quin next!

  72. thraiderskin says: Mar 13, 2013 2:04 PM

    I don’t know, it might work out, but I don’t care for the fit. I’m not a Lion’s hater by any stretch, I just think they could have used more beef, how finesse can you get?

  73. butkus54 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:04 PM

    If nothing else signing Bush and picking 5th in the draft gives Lions fans something to look forward to for next year.Picking up a good solid free agent safety as well would be a good move towards improving their secondary.That would allow them to pick up a pass rushing end or an elite corner in the draft.

  74. mrlaloosh says: Mar 13, 2013 2:05 PM

    Good luck Reggie! Who Dat!

  75. mumfio says: Mar 13, 2013 2:05 PM

    maestro1899, your comment was exactly what I was thinking. Reggie + artificial turf = injuries.

    At least just going by Bush’s history in New Orleans as opposed to grass in Miami. I think he was very good for the Dolphins, eventhough they for some reason didn’t feature him much in the passing game. If he stays healthy, it’s a very good pick up for the Lions.

  76. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:08 PM

    pbizzy729 says:

    “Wonder if you watched any of the Lions games last season. LeShoure is a power back but that didn’t work. They don’t care about moving the safety up, they are more worried about having an every down back they can rely on to catch the ball out of the backfield when needed.”
    ——————————————————————————

    A GOOD Power Back. A RB that will bleed yardage out of the defense and can sustain drives.

    Bush is not an every down Back..he’s a chunk yardage multipurpose back and matchup chess piece.

  77. bigboi30 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:09 PM

    Heck of a day for my Lions, thus helps and proves last year was a fluke and great payees want to come to Detroit cause they see the greatness that us about to come

  78. hehateme2 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:11 PM

    Reggie was a model teammate. He stayed (at least in Miami) late after practice pulling sleds and putting in extra work.

    Nothing but good to say about him during his stay wit hthe Dolphins. Hope it works out in Detriot.

  79. warhammer420 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:12 PM

    As a Lions fan, I love this. Brings some much needed explosiveness to the backfield. And he’s a great receiver, will fit in perfectly to the pass heavy Detroit offense.

  80. undraftedstar says: Mar 13, 2013 2:13 PM

    Why logicalvoicesays couldn’t pick another team to like, you embarrass the rest of the Hog Nation. HTTR

  81. bordner says: Mar 13, 2013 2:13 PM

    On paper, this seems like a good signing by Detroit. On the field, Schwartz will find a way to screw it up.

  82. psilenttype says: Mar 13, 2013 2:15 PM

    How is this bad?

    Detroit never ran the ball because the never had a RB… Jhavid Best with his concussion issues and Leshoure was always a compliment to Best never a 3 down starter!

    Bush gets whats he wants and Lions get what they need!

    win win for both parties

  83. mjkelly77 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:15 PM

    audioflint says:Mar 13, 2013 1:26 PM

    Prediction: 8-10 win year for Motown with that offense (if healthy)
    ___________________

    8-10??? OK, genius.

  84. veence69 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:18 PM

    Heh heh heh.. “IRG3″.

  85. jimmysee says: Mar 13, 2013 2:18 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 13, 2013 1:23 PM

    Fool. Enjoy losing for the rest of your useful years. You weren’t worthy to wear the Burgundy and Gold anyways.

    ———————————————————-

    WOW — the taste of sour grapes lingers.

    (And I’m not even a Loins fan!)

  86. mediasloppy says: Mar 13, 2013 2:20 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I didn’t want this to Happen. Kudos Lions fans.

  87. lanham4eve says: Mar 13, 2013 2:23 PM

    Seeings how he no longer plays the bills twice a year he is going to have 300(at least) less rushing yards. Still a good move, he can catch out of the back field and break it. May actually pull coverage off Johnson

  88. liontuss says: Mar 13, 2013 2:29 PM

    As a long-suffering Leos fan, I’m sort of pleased with this, especially if we go 3 for 3 today and sign Quin. That would be a reasonably nice FA day.

    But my real dream would be to go OL heavy in the draft. Yes, the defense needs lots of work still, however, let’s get one thing, the offense, REALLY right here. Draft a couple of road-grading franchise QB protectors and we will have a strong OL for years to come. Something that most good teams have as a foundation, which the Lions have not has in my 50 years rooting for them – even Barry had nowhere to run!

    Do this and I will be patient with winning or losing games by the score of 54-51 for the couple years it will take to shore up the D.

    Please Mayhew, make me proud to support the Lions!

  89. tharoostah says: Mar 13, 2013 2:40 PM

    Mikel Leshoure scored more TD’s in his 14 game season last year than Bush has ever scored in a season in his career.

  90. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 13, 2013 2:41 PM

    Really Reggie? Detroit?
    He wants to go to a team he can be the lead back but at the cost of never being a part of a winning team for the rest of his career?

    The most successful team he was ever on was in New Orleans (obviously) and I know that before Sean Payton went there they were horrid but Detroit might be more cursed than N.O.

  91. keylimelight says: Mar 13, 2013 2:44 PM

    And speaking as Saints fan, I thought you had found a home in Miami, but I guess your 2nd year HC is remaking the team in his vision.

    I’m cheering you on to Detroit Reggie! Bet they’re gonna love you just as much as we did in New Orleans, and as they did in Miami. Good luck to you!

  92. thraiderskin says: Mar 13, 2013 2:47 PM

    mjkelly77 says:Mar 13, 2013 2:15 PM

    audioflint says:Mar 13, 2013 1:26 PM

    Prediction: 8-10 win year for Motown with that offense (if healthy)
    ___________________

    8-10??? OK, genius.

    Not that it was an ingenious prediction, but you did know that guy was talking about 8 TO 10 wins this year, not an 8 AND 10 record, right? Otherwise, I can’t figure out why you called him out.

  93. WatchThis says: Mar 13, 2013 2:49 PM

    Add 7 more points per game offense. Now, get some D to stop 3-7 points per game. Easy playoffs.

  94. ishudbgm says: Mar 13, 2013 2:56 PM

    Met Bush at the Performing Arts Center in Miami and he was in line and got cut by some people…never said a word about it, just waited his turn. When I spoke to him he was unbelievably kind and even thanked me for talking to him. Never met a football player who acted like that!!! I LOVED how he handled the Yeremiah Bell situation when he first arrived in Miami too. Wish you the best REGGIE!!! Fins Fans really enjoyed your 2 years!!!!

  95. skins1970 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:09 PM

    Skins fan here, nice signing Detroit Reggie Bush is a perfect fit there that offense looks scary.

  96. mungman69 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:16 PM

    Detroit will score 650 points and give up 651.

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