Reggie Bush visiting the Patriots

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The Patriots may be adding a high-profile veteran running back, as Reggie Bush is visiting New England today.

Bush, who was released by the Lions, has also drawn interest from the 49ers. There was also talk of Bush potentially returning to New Orleans, although the Saints signing C.J. Spiller today makes that less likely. Bush’s visit to New England was first reported by Field Yates of ESPN.

The Patriots could use another running back after losing Shane Vereen in free agency. Stevan Ridley is also a free agent. The Patriots’ backfield currently consists of LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, James White and Branden Bolden.

The 30-year-old Bush had a fairly uneventful season in Detroit last year, carrying 76 times for 297 yards and adding 40 catches for 253 yards. He’s not the same playmaker he once was, but he could be an effective role player in New England’s offense. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Patriots land Bush for a relatively inexpensive contract, and then to see Bush have an impressive season in New England.

70 responses to “Reggie Bush visiting the Patriots

  1. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Patriots land Bush for a relatively inexpensive contract, and then to see Bush have an impressive season in New England.

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    That’s the Hoodie’s MO. Wouldn’t be surprised if they rented Hardy for a year, as well.

  2. They do have Tyler Gaffney too right?

    Not a sexy name, but they got him when the Panthers tried stashing him last preseason. Seems like a Patriots player…

  3. Has Bush ever played for a team on the east coast minus the Dome? California winter’s is much different than the one’s in Massachusetts.

  4. Bush has already made a lot of $$ so if it comes down to a disintegrating 9ers or the Pats unless SF offers a heck of a lot more that seems like an easy decision.

    “Can he play corner? Since, you know, the Pats lost theirs.”

    Yeah because Belichick obviously has absolutely no plan on what to do about that. SMH

  5. Bill seems to love him some RBs. Not sure I understand this move though. Bush is over the hill and injury prone. A one year “Show me” deal, might work. But still…

  6. Exit Vereen….enter Bush. On three..BREAK.

    All I got to say is, Belichick must plan on spending his entire draft on defense, cuz there seems to be a lot of O in the news, but not a lot of D. Just sayin’

    …. hey, can Edleman can play CB?

  7. Cheaper Shane Vereen.

    Not sure Hardy is a good idea for any NFL teams. Not sure you want to go there really.

  8. Would be another great signing by the pats. Anyone knocking bushes talents doesn’t understand the NFL. Cap space and financial flexibility wins you games. Bush for under $2m a year, with almost nothing gauranteed is a great signing.

    Now just wait for Hardy to sign with the pats and the d line will go from good (cause it was ok in the super bowl) to great.

  9. harrisonhits2 says:Mar 13, 2015 2:23 PM

    Bush has already made a lot of $$ so if it comes down to a disintegrating 9ers or the Pats unless SF offers a heck of a lot more that seems like an easy decision.

    “Can he play corner? Since, you know, the Pats lost theirs.”

    Yeah because Belichick obviously has absolutely no plan on what to do about that. SMH
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    Yes he does. I’m sure he’s contacting Sony and Panasonic as we speak.

  10. belichick is the best GM ever. 6 SB appearances in 13 years. nobody does it better..
    bush will be a third down back i suppose…

    sign me up for hardy on a one year deal aka the revis deal. play for belichick, win the SB then get paid somewhere because kraft isn’t paying anyone!

  11. R. Bush would be “a step up” from Vereen if the Pats can sign him. Running behind that two or three TE package will be interesting to watch next year.

  12. Love all the fans predicting doom and gloom for the Patriots and how The Jets, Bills and Dolphins keep making big splashes every year in March that will get them to overtake the Pats and win a SB. Fact is last SB win for ……
    Jets……1968………….47 Years
    Dolphins… 1972……..43 Years
    Bills……*crickets…….
    Pats……2015…………..40 days ago !!!!

    BB obviously knows how to build a winning team year in and year out…..Sit back and enjoy the ride !

  13. Certainly an upgrade over Vereen. My NFL Sundays watching the AFC East just got a lot better. Yeah, the Bills, Phins and Jets are doing some crazy things, but it has to be done. I hate the Pats, but they are clearly superior and this is a long time overdue. I think I speak for every fan in that these moves are good football in general.

    For the record, I am not stating we are Off-Season Champs or even predicting the Division Title, but I will go on record saying more competitive games makes me wish it were September already.

  14. patsdominate says:
    Mar 13, 2015 2:35 PM
    Love all the fans predicting doom and gloom for the Patriots and how The Jets, Bills and Dolphins keep making big splashes every year in March that will get them to overtake the Pats and win a SB. Fact is last SB win for ……
    Jets……1968………….47 Years
    Dolphins… 1972……..43 Years
    Bills……*crickets…….
    Pats……2015…………..40 days ago !!!!

    BB obviously knows how to build a winning team year in and year out…..Sit back and enjoy the ride !

    NICE!!!

  15. You know some of those front runner Pats fans are desperate this off-season when you see them pining for their team to sign Greg Hardy and Percy Harvin.

  16. I’m visiting them too! Actually, just having a sandwich in the parking lot, but it technically counts.

  17. Vereen is better than Bush, but Bush would be a nice addition if he can stay healthy. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Tyler Gaffney can do as that was such an under-the-radar pickup before last season and he’s had a year to get healthy.

    And no, I don’t think they’ll touch Hardy with a ten-foot pole. After the Hernandez debacle, any character red flags would almost definitely cause them to avoid those players, even if it was a one-year rental. Hardy would be great for the pass rush but a potential PR nightmare if something else happens with him off the field

  18. And the Patriots are always in the playoffs because their in the same division as Buffalo, N.Y. and Miami.

    Three losers; So the Patriots are always in the playoffs by default. Just saying.

  19. Bush would be a very interesting pickup… this would be the first time he has played with a quarterback that not only can see him over the trenches, but also puts great touch on the ball. What a great weapon he could be.

  20. Reggie just wants to meet the team doc & trainers so he’ll know who to see every week for an “inactive” status

  21. @ncphinsfan

    It’s true that the AFC East appears more balanced after free agency. However, keep in mind that the Patriots, Jets, Bills and Dolphins still have to play each other twice and will be knocking each other off. I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire group went 1-1 in the division.

    The Patriots have two totally unknown RB entities on their roster in James White and Tyler Gaffney. No one has ever seen them play an NFL down.
    .

  22. goingthextramile says:
    Mar 13, 2015 2:48 PM
    You know some of those front runner Pats fans are desperate this off-season when you see them pining for their team to sign Greg Hardy and Percy Harvin.
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    I doubt most Patriots fans consider Hardy to be an option. Harvin could be an option if the guaranteed money is very low and they could waive him at any sign of trouble. They might just be kicking the tires on Bush. He’s 30 and he’s been hurt. He better come cheap or forget it.

  23. Chippy you just getting over the fact that NE won yet another SB?? Let us all know when the dollies sniff the playoffs….you must be frustrated that they’re the joke of the NFL, epic fail year after year.

  24. Rich get richer. I’m a Giant fan and even I can clearly see Bush still has plenty of game left in the right system. Going to Patriots would be a good move for him if he’s looking for situational work…

  25. realdealsteel says: Mar 13, 2015 2:51 PM

    And the Patriots are always in the playoffs because their in the same division as Buffalo, N.Y. and Miami.

    Three losers; So the Patriots are always in the playoffs by default. Just saying.

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    The AFC East had 3 teams at .500 or better last season….so….

  26. I love the way Bill lets the competition spend the big bucks and then comes in and picks up key guys, with specific roles in mind, that add depth that no other roster in the NFL has.

    It is like other teams don’t understand that guys get hurt and you need other players to step up.

    Tell me, in the red zone, on play action, who is going to cover Gronk and Chandler at the goal line, with Bush in the flat, Edelman on the slant, and Lafell on a corner route ?

  27. He would be fine in the outside the 20’s Vereen role . With Leggarette Blount back that would be a tough 1-2 punch .

  28. Here’s the two reasons the Pats will win the AFC east for many years to come, no matter who plays corner:

    1. Tom Brady

    2. Every other team in the AFC east just committed more 2015 cap space to a single player then the pats are committing (total payment) to their entire front 7 (new additions, back ups, mayo’s monster contract) next year. I would call that moronic.

    And btw, in 2005 the pats won the super with a rookie and second year player starting at both CB positions.

    Thank you, and enjoy your AFC east team.

  29. realdealsteel says:
    Mar 13, 2015 2:51 PM

    And the Patriots are always in the playoffs because their in the same division as Buffalo, N.Y. and Miami.

    Three losers; So the Patriots are always in the playoffs by default. Just saying.

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    Since 2001, the Patriots’ record against the AFC East is 63-21, a winning percentage of .750.

    Their record against the rest of the league is 85-29, a winning percentage of . . . .745.

    Thanks for playing…Nice Try…NEXT !!

  30. Looks like a potential Vereen replacement: not asked to carry the ball as much as he is asked to catch it out of the backfield.

    Could be interesting.

  31. I’m a Pats fan and I think it’s kind of sick that anybody would want to have a dude like Greg Hardy on their team…..I don’t care how good he is. People make mistakes in life and mess up but choking out and beating up a woman is not something you screw around with.

  32. I’m shocked so many people think there’s any chance in hell the pats sign Greg Hardy. No chance!

  33. I just got goose bumps remembering how, in the fourth quarter of the super bowl, the Patriots picked apart the defense everyone said was the best ever in the NFL.

  34. The Bills are going to work a trade for Drew Brees without a first round draft choice? That makes sense. Straight up deal for Cassel?

    I think you had too many Labatts, guy.

  35. goingthextramile says:
    Mar 13, 2015 2:48 PM
    You know some of those front runner Pats fans are desperate this off-season when you see them pining for their team to sign Greg Hardy and Percy Harvin.

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    Not really…..I’m pinning it to Bill B. and Tom Brady. To whom are you pinning your team’s success?

  36. If the Patriots land Bush it will be reported as a great move by Bill. Reggie will have plenty left in the tank and will be a contributor.
    If the Niners land Bush it will be reported as a further sign of weakness and panic. Bush can not stay healthy and is done being a contributor in this league.

  37. Hardy is a scumbag. I don’t want that guy anywhere near the Patriots. I’m surprised Pats fans could care less what kind of loser he is. No thanks.

  38. The Patriots should have re-signed Shane Vereen. He was the true successor to Kevin Faulk. Bush has always been overrated and overpaid.

  39. Doesn’t matter. Patriots already forfeited the 2015 season during the start to Free Agency. If Bush signs, nothing changes.

  40. A perfect fit. A guy who cheated his way through college now goes to the biggest cheats in the league! Thumbs down won’t fix the asterisks, sorry NE fans.

  41. You guys really think they’ll even contemplate Greg Hardy and his arsenal of guns after what they just went through with Hernandez?

  42. You know some of those front runner Pats fans are desperate this off-season when you see them pining for their team to sign Greg Hardy and Percy Harvin.

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    For depth, and not as a first option? Sure

  43. This would be an awesome move! Bush out of the backfield for the screen passes and wheel routes – I’d take him over Vereen ….and that is not dissing Vereen – he helped us win SB, I just think Bush is faster with better moves. Think Brady would love this move.

  44. Just spoke to a friend in the league office….
    Pats will pay fine for Deflating balls, but won’t lose picks because it can’t be trace to BB or TB.
    No apology for RK though.
    Jets will also pay fine for Revis talk. No picks because Revis was never contacted.
    I guess its a wash, but we still look guilty!

  45. Vereen had 11 catches in the SB. Busch had 40 for the entire season. Vereen coming into his prime, Busch peaked 4 years ago.
    How is this an upgrade? Get real people.

  46. tbisgod says:
    Mar 13, 2015 4:24 PM

    If your post is genuine the NFL is a joke. The NFL is dying for the Jets to be relevant.

    They should just do away with the tampering rules.

    I just don’t see what Kraft sees in Goodell. Goodell’s office has on a number of occasions taken actions that have deliberately harmed the Patriots franchise and its “goodwill value”.

  47. No way the Patriots add him when his name is out there with the whole Darren Sharper in Vegas spiking drinks.

  48. rcali says:
    Mar 13, 2015 4:09 PM

    A perfect fit. A guy who cheated his way through college now goes to the biggest cheats in the league! Thumbs down won’t fix the asterisks, sorry NE fans.

    Where are these magical asterisks that you speak of, are they with the unicorns, leprechauns, bigfoots and aliens. Please show me where they are. Since none appear on the 4 Super Bowl titles they’ve won

  49. realdealsteel says:
    Mar 13, 2015 2:51 PM
    And the Patriots are always in the playoffs because their in the same division as Buffalo, N.Y. and Miami.

    Three losers; So the Patriots are always in the playoffs by default. Just saying.
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    If memory serves me correctly the last time the Steelers played the AFC East it was:

    Miami 34 @ Pittsburgh 28 (punked in your own crib with a playoff game on the line)

    @NY Jets 20 Pittsburgh 13

    @NE Patriots 55 Pittsburgh 31

    Pittsburgh 23 Buffalo 10

    That’s 1-3, with two at home and two on the road Bunky. This is what the AFC North brings to the table. Shall we get into the details of your other stable mates? No? I didn’t think so….

  50. Realdealsteal the patriots have a better record against the squealers than the AFC east, just sayin

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