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.

96 responses to “Bush, Lions have a deal

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
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    Shut up Hulk.

  5. 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.

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

  8. @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??

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.
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    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.
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    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.

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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

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

  23. “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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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…

  26. 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!

  27. “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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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….

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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).

  33. 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
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    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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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?

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.”
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    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.

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

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

  44. 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

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

    Prediction: 8-10 win year for Motown with that offense (if healthy)
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    8-10??? OK, genius.

  46. 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.

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    WOW — the taste of sour grapes lingers.

    (And I’m not even a Loins fan!)

  47. 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

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

  50. 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!

  51. 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)
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    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.

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

  53. 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!!!!

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

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