The Dolphins have spent a lot of money on free agents in the last week, but they weren’t offering any money at all to one of their own free agents, Reggie Bush.
Bush told Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post that the Dolphins never approached him with an offer.
“It’s just the nature of the business. You have to have a thick skin,” Bush said. “It’s an ugly side that sometimes we all don’t like, but we all have to face it some time.”
Bush expressed interest in staying in Miami, but that interest was not reciprocated, and he quickly signed with the Lions when free agency started.
“As a competitor and as an athlete we take a little pride, and hopefully a team we just played with would want to bring us back,” he said. “But obviously it didn’t work that way.”
The Dolphins have made clear that they want to remake their roster this offseason, and Bush indicated that he was even more surprised that they cut linebacker Karlos Dansby.
“Couldn’t believe that one, because he was the leader of that defense,” Bush said. “He’s one of the few linebackers that I’ve actually played against and played with that I think can do it all.”
But the Dolphins thought they could get better without Dansby. And without Bush.