The Saints had until Tuesday to match the offer sheet signed last week by safety Rafael Bush with the Falcons. The Saints opted not to prolong the suspense.
Per a league source, the Saints have indeed matched the offer. Bush hinted strongly that the offer had been matched by tweeting, “I’m still a saint yep.”
Last year, Bush appeared in 13 games with six starts. He’ll be deferring to starters Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro, barring injury.
Acquired on waivers in 2012 from the Broncos, Bush appeared in 16 games with no starts during his first season in New Orleans. His second season in New Orleans ended with a $21,000 fine from an illegal hit applied to Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin during the divisional round of the playoffs.
The best news is that Saints fans who still have Reggie Bush jerseys can wear them without feeling too far out of style; Rafael Bush wears No. 25, too.