Reggie Bush reportedly “confused” by Miami’s lack of interest in him

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We’re a little more than a month away from the start of free agency and one potential free agent isn’t getting the love he’d like from his current team.

Dolphins running back Reggie Bush hasn’t been coy about his desire to remain in Miami in 2013 and beyond, but the team hasn’t returned the affection. Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post reports that a source close to Bush says that the running back is “confused” about why the Dolphins haven’t even extended an offer to Bush at this point.

It’s probably not that confusing. The Dolphins have drafted Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller in the last two years, which would make for a tidy explanation for why they feel they don’t need to retain Bush at a price at or above his $5 million salary in 2012. Volin’s report indicates that the team expects big things from Miller, in particular, and that Bush’s role would likely be diminished even if he did return.

Bush has been fairly productive in his two years in Miami, although he hasn’t done anything that would make it hard to understand why the Dolphins would move in a different direction. It’s increasingly looking like that’s just what will happen.

46 responses to “Reggie Bush reportedly “confused” by Miami’s lack of interest in him

  1. As a Phins fan this isn’t hard to grasp.

    Last year, while he essentially had the same type of year as the one before it, there was just a huge lack of momentum compared to that of the previous year.

    I don’t know why, but I think he’d do great over in San Diego. Hometown. They need a playmaker. Why not.

  2. Translation: “I like the weather, the clubs, the Miami ladies, and the south Florida lifestyle where I’m not pestered by local media at every turn. I can still play decent football, too” (he can).

    It’s all about the $. If Bush wants even close to $5m, start saying goodbyes to the lifestyle unless you plan on retiring.

    If he’s willing to “only” take $1m or so on a 1 year deal and happy to play 2nd or 3rd string minutes, maybe he gets to stay.

  3. Put up good stats, proven he can last a season at his small size, no reason to think they could do better to replace him. It’s not like he’s a $13mm cap hit. I’d be shocked if he struggled to get signed at those $$ elsewhere.

  4. How can we pay Reggie when below average players like Sean Smith want 10 million to himself?

    I would love nothing more than to keep Reggie but theres a terrible trend of people asking for too much money because they know they can get away with it that ruins chances of keeping other players around.

  5. While Bush has been Miami’s most reliable playmaker the past two years, he’s not a game-changer every week. I do respect the man and think he has proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is a solid starting RB and can in fact stay healthy (31 out of 21 possible games played).

    That being said, Miami has younger, cheaper alternatives, not to mention other pressing needs. This is Bush’s last chance to cash in big, so I would expect him to do so if he can. Now, if the market won’t pay Bush more than four million a year or so, I would support Miami getting involved in negotiations to re-sign Bush, at a price that works better for the health of the franchise long-term.

  6. Hey Reggie, take it from a long time fins fan, if it makes sense, expect Jeff Ireland to do the opposite. Nothing personal.

  7. The new rookie salary cap has made paying many positions less money as the players look to secure future contracts. Running backs have probably been hit the hardest. What the new rookie salary cap has done is increase the pay of elite players at certain positions. QBs have been the most affected.

  8. Pay him $3.5M + incentives. Miller is a similar player and Thomas has yet to impress. Smith should get $5M plus incentives for actually catching the ball. Some of these guys want way too much money. Long isn’t worth what he wants. The Dolphins are in danger of plugging the holes they had while creating new holes that are equally damaging….again.

  9. You can say all the bad things about Ireland but the one thing he is good at is placing a price on a player and sticking to it. With that said I don’t see why not bring Bush back at the right price. It sure sounds like he is willing to take a pay cut to stay.

  10. Unfortunately for veteran running backs, teams have finally figured out that when you put together a solid o-line you have a lot of freedom. You can rotate a couple of guys playing on a rookie contract and get the same (or better) production than a high priced veteran.

  11. To be fair, EVERY team
    “…has younger, cheaper alternatives…”
    at virtually EVERY position.

    And if cheap rooks could always could provide sufficient production, vet talent wouldn’t really exist.

    The trick is figuring out where corners can
    be cut. No doubt the Dolphins can pay
    someone less…but will their offense decline?

  12. This is Jeff Ireland at his finest, waiting till the last minute with contract negotiation. Daniel Thomas has done nothing other than taking a roster spot. Dump him, resign Bush and waste a high draft pick on a running back from a small college.

  13. whats wrong with you people. You would gladly pay double for a diva wr or a broke avg cb, but you wont even pay half that at $5 million for 1300 yards and 8 td’s. No wonder we suck. Fans are ignorant .

    $5 million is cheap for a 27 year old with those stats. And thats 2 years in 2 different systems where he had same stats on a bad offense. He could be even better if we actually had another weapon on offense but you fools want to toss him to a contender

  14. Make no mistake about it… As a Jets fan the best weapon the Dolphins had last year was Bush… before he was injured he carried the entire offense. The only reason the Jets beat the Dolphins was because Bush was taken out of the game and the other RBs could not come close to his production.

    The Dolphins are run by idiots who think they are Geniuses if they think Tanninghill can win games on his own because he is NOT even the best QB on the team. He needs time to improve and getting rid of bush would be a big mistake. he is the fastest rb on the team and the best offensive player they have.

  15. and not one media person can find a bush quote where he says he wants even the money that hes worth. Not one quote. The media is full of it and they are just guessing.

    They seem to forget miller and thomas had ample chance to steal the starting HB reigns last year from Bush and failed.

    We would be a bad team to let Bush walk.Im floored people think $5 million is too much but you would gladly pay a WR with the SAME stats $10 million or even an avg cb.Its beyond me

  16. As a Lions fan, I wouldn’t mind them picking him up. He’s one of the best receiving RB’s in the league, he’d fit perfectly into Detroit’s offense.

  17. Reggie may not return to the Dolphins but as a big Phins fan I think we can all agree he was nothing but class in his two years with the team…hard worker, team guy, and no trouble off the field. And not as much Hollywood in him as people tend to think. Best wishes, Reggie.

  18. Reggie is a good leader, a hard worker, and a good teammate. However, he is not an every down back as he portrays to be. He wants to be paid like a feature back. He simply cannot take the pounding. Therein lies the problem.

  19. Bring Reggie back, Daniel Thomas is not the back the Dolphins thought he was going to be. What did he do last season?? Reggie is very popular with the fans, and maybe he would take a pay cut to stay.

  20. Lamar Miller is going to fill Reggie’s spot just fine. Miller is bigger and faster then Reggie. And yes, Reggie can never stay healthy for a full season.

  21. Bad move by the dolphins. Bush is one of their few big playmakers. Not just that, Tannehill would be helped by having a familiar face at running back. Rookies need familiarity. Someone he can trust when things get tough. Someone he works good with, that understands his emotions on the football field. I thought Bush was that guy. Guess not.
    One thing Bush should keep in mind, there are 10-15 other teams that can use his services.

  22. Reggie Bush is garbage. If he could of atleast stay healthy for a whole season then he would be just below garbage.

  23. He should try to sign with Jets where he can finally become a starter and have his own team. Thomas Jones took he career to a different level when he came to the Jets.

  24. So Reggie is confused, Tiki is flabbergasted, Emmit is still pondering the stripes of a leopard, and damn it… Drew wants answers…. check… got it….

  25. Reggie knows what the deal is…Ireland and company are gonna offer him a lowball contract and allow him to see if he can get more money somewhere else. As a Dolphin fan I’d hate to see him go but as a Hurricanes fan I’d love to see Lamar Miller get some starting time. #finsup

  26. cowboys step right up…a huge upgrade over 1st round pick Felix…and I’m still laughing my ass off at that one

    1st round Mike I can’t and won’t tackle Jenkins to

    My god Jerry two wasted 1st rounders ..your a disgrace of a GM

  27. I would love to see Reggie stay and if he does I would love to see him used more in the passing game. That being said I don’t know if he is worth 5 mil +/year. There are a lot of other needs and other FA’s that need to be retained and signed.

  28. Not a Packer fan (wife’s a Bears fan) but, I would love to see Reggie in that Packer backfield providing some options for Rogers.

  29. Im confused why reggie bush is confused…aging running back whos shown he can be a solid change of pace back with no inside game coming off knee injury…rbs are a dime a dozen now, but youll still find work reggie.

  30. Sick to death of seeing bush dance behind the line and lose 2 or 3 yards ! for every positive run he has 5 bad ones .I am ready to see him go .Bring in jackson from the rams. At least he will run in the hole or make one himself.

  31. I am confused why he is confused. Jeff Ireland is making the correct call when he has a RB he just stole in last year’s draft and is capable of giving the 61 yds/game or better that Reggie Bush just gave. It’s a No Brainer. It would be different if we were talking about AP, but were not. This is the Business of the NFL 101. It just happened in NY(Giants) and will also happen in Dallas this year. Running Backs do not have the leverage they once had because the NFL is a passing league now and the majority of backfields are by committee. Only the Elite RBs have some leverage but that only depends if your team is competitive and winning. Example: MJD had zero leverage last year after winning the rushing title, but were 4-12. Bush has zero leverage. Only (2) 100 yd games and didn’t reach 1000 yds. A Big deal is made of Contract Years for a reason.

  32. Bush & Miller in the same backfield would fantastic. Get rid of Thomas, he has played in maybe a dozen games in two years. The guy is injury prone.

    Reggie deserves another two years with the Phins; 2 @ 3.7 each with additional incentives. A thousand yard season can get him an additional $250,000. A dozen TD’s another $250.000. Six hundred yards receiving $200,000. Two hundred carries $150,000…and come up with more.

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