Martin Mayhew: Reggie Bush’s future with Lions is “up in the air”

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Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew fielded questions about a bunch of different players when he met the media in Indianapolis on Wednesday and running back Reggie Bush was on the list.

Bush ran for just 297 yards and missed five games, leading to speculation that the Lions might revisit a contract that calls for Bush to make $7 million over the next two seasons. When asked about Bush, Mayhew referenced Ndamukong Suh and other free agents while saying their futures are “up in the air.” Bush isn’t a free agent, though.

“Yeah, well, a lot of guys that are under contract are in the same situation,” Mayhew said, via the Detroit Free Press. “So it’s really about the value you bring to the organization, that’s constantly re-evaluated every off-season.”

What might have been more telling was who wasn’t mentioned when Mayhew discussed what he wants from the running back position.

“When you have a guy like Theo Riddick who can make a difference in the passing game, that brings value to your team,” Mayhew said. “Joique Bell, being a between-the-tackles runner for us is big and he does a good job catching balls out of the backfield as well. I like guys that are versatile, but you’ve got to have a guy who can run between the tackles and you’ve got to have a playmaker who can do some stuff in space.”

With players who fit the profile for those roles already on hand and a deep group of backs in the draft, Bush’s future in Detroit isn’t looking all that bright as the offseason gets going.

21 responses to “Martin Mayhew: Reggie Bush’s future with Lions is “up in the air”

  1. I for one would like to Bush back for at least this year. He’s not that expensive and our offensive line and Lombardi were to blame for the poor running game.

    Draft a mid-round running back like Duke or David Johnson to take over next year and we will be fine.

  2. Did Bush even play last year? I saw a few Lions games but I don’t remember his name being called.

  3. Time to cut bait. They can live without him and he’s holding onto cap money that could go to Suh. Draft someone in the 3rd round to replace him. This is a deep RB class.

  4. I really like Reggie and what he theoretically brings to the table. Problem is what he ACTUALLY brings to the table isn’t worth his current contract.

    After the last 2 seasons, he’s going to have to prove he can still play. Salary cap doesn’t really allow for guys like this to stay in the league and get paid vet premiums no matter how much you like them.

  5. Cut him! He is not worth the production. He has never lived up to the hype. Now he is old. Get a young guy to fumble and be on the training table it will be cheaper.

  6. George Winn looked good in very limited playing time last year too. There’s absolutely no reason to bring Reggie back

  7. I don’t understand why Mayhew can’t just say “Reggie’s contract is over. We wasted a lot of money for little return. We will not be resigning him, and doubt anyone else will either. We wish him luck in his future career as a casino greeter, or cash wash owner.”

  8. I don’t think Reggie’s fate is tied to Suh… I think Reggie is gone regardless. They can draft a rookie back in the 2nd or 3rd round with less injury concerns use the rest of the money for DT/Oline/CB help…

  9. seanx40 says: Feb 19, 2015 1:44 PM

    I don’t understand why Mayhew can’t just say “Reggie’s contract is over. We wasted a lot of money for little return. We will not be resigning him, and doubt anyone else will either. We wish him luck in his future career as a casino greeter, or cash wash owner.”

    They didn’t waste THAT much money on a free agent running back in reality. They needed someone to fill that Javid Best role in the offense… he filled the Javid Best role on the injury report instead…

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