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Why Reggie Bush? Here are the handful reasons

What? You think the Dolphins are just sittin' around picking their snouts?

It's work time, fellas, and on a day the team lost out on DeAngelo Williams and basically got priced out on Ahmad Bradshaw, the Dolphins turned to the possibility of adding Reggie Bush. The Miami Herald is reporting general manager Jeff Ireland was in contact Wednesday and early Thursday morning with both the New Orleans Saints and agent Joel Segal in order to make the deal for Bush happen. Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer, close to New Orleans coach Sean Payton, broke the story early Thursday.

There are several working parts here so the deal is certainly not completed at this hour. But perhaps during daylight hours we can resume business and get stuff finalized.

So why Bush?

Well, desperation is one reason. Speed is another reason. Necessity is another reason. Fate is another reason.

Desperation sets in, I suppose, when the Dolphins look past DeAngelo, who returned to Carolina, and Bradshaw, who seems very expensive, and see themselves either returning to the days of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown or adding a retread like Willis McGahee.

None of those inspire.

The Dolphins plan is to return to Ronnie or Ricky if all else fails. Again, only if all else fails. By definition that means a return to Ricky or Ronnie is a failure! Remember what owner Stephen Ross said last January: Doing the same thing over and over is the definition of insanity.

The Dolphins, wanting, craving, needing speed, see Bush as a home run hitter. That's enticing for a team that mostly hit triples by Dan Carpenter last season.

Reggie bush The Dolphins know they need a runner to pair with rookie Daniel Thomas. They may not need someone to carry the ball 25 times a game, but they definitely need someone to take it 10-15 times a game. Bush, more thoroughbred than plow horse, fits that mold. A source close to him that was, believe it or not, up at this late hour working, tells me Bush would welcome the idea of having the ball in his hands 10-15 times a game and also get some punt return duty in as well.

In a nutshell, Bush was not a fit when the team was thinking of adding a proven running back upgrade who coud lead the charge carrying the ball 20 times a game and have Thomas as the sidekick. DeAngelo fit that plan.

But when that plan ran its course back to Carolina, Bush became the best option in a plan that has Thomas doing the heavier lifting and someone else providing the complimentary work.

The idea is solid on the imagination front.

So does it get done?

It is up to Bush, really.

The Dolphins and the Saints have a deal in place, although the exact compensation is not known. No, it isn't a first-round pick, which is what the Saints invested in Bush originally. I doubt it is even a second round pick. It is probably a Saturday pick -- meaning back of the draft, which will seem like a bargain to many fans. Face it, the Saints were going to whack Bush from the roster if he didn't agree to a pay cut so they're getting something rather than nothing. Bush was scheduled to get $11.8 million in base salary and cost $16 million against the cap.

Bush will want to earn at least that much and likely much more in base salary and signing bonus from the Dolphins for this year. Kid ain't about pay cuts.

Why would the Dolphins give up a pick for Bush? Again, it isn't a premium pick. Secondly, it puts them in certain position to get him rather than be among the teams sifted by his agent in free agent. There was also the possibility the Saints might not get rid of Bush if he agreed to a pay cut. So the trade guarantees the acquisition in the part of the deal that involves the two teams.

As far as Bush is concerned, his motivation for doing this is the Dolphins will pay him much more than the Saints would to keep him. He wants to and expects to sign what is a free agent contract or one that would be comparable to what he thinks he could get on the open market.

I suppose he could play hardball and force the Saints to cut him so he actually becomes a free agent, but I'm told by my source Bush likes the idea of playing in South Florida (he's been to South Beach a time or 50) and likes the fact the Dolphins are being so aggressive to add his services.

But remember: It is still not completely done.

It could be by the time this day is over, however.

FYI: None of this really affects the chase of Kyle Orton. The Dolphins know they also need a QB to, you know, hand the ball to a guy such as Bush. They still can compensate Denver. They still are working on paying Orton.

It was never either-or. They fully intended to add both a QB and RB in free agency.

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Barber maybe, I think ronnie is a much better choice vs him.

mcgahee... He just seems really broken and slow when I watched him. I would rather take clinton Portis over him, and I dont want clinton portis. :)

Half of the people answering an ESPN poll feel that Bush is a bust. I certainly hope he isn't.

BRETT BRACKETT FROM JOE PA U IS A BEAST......HE CAN BLOCK MDOWN AND CATCH.......HES NOT GONNA STRETCH THE FIELD BUT HE IS A GREAT TE FOR WHAT WE NEED. GREAT SIGNING THERE......

I like Ronnie, great person but I can't take all that dancing he does considering his strength is he's a big guy with good speed and he negates that by trying to juke everyone.

jrljr2,

I'm not familiar with Grigsby. Did he play in the pros last year or College?

I like what Ireland did. The Saints had a glut of running backs and had to get under the cap and still sign guys. They get a pick for Bush, rather than cutting him. Ireland didn't have to wait in line for Bush. Talk is that both the Eagles and Rams wanted Bush. $9.75 mil over two years is a reasonable contract for this guy.

Any reason the Fins didn't go after Sydney Rice? Even though he was injured most of the year last year, this guy was a great WR for the Vikes.

I am the furthest thing from a Reggie Bush fan, but if getting a guy to touch the ball 10-15 times a game, and return a few punts for $5 mil a year...and he happens to have 30+ TD's in the last 5 years, I am fine with that. If he used for what he is, exactly how I described...he will be a fine addition

Poizen Bro 5 mil a year might be chump change, but the guy won't do anything for us.. I'm telling you bro he is hated by Saints fans.. And the guy isn't like Shouting Crowder and runs his mouth with out producing he just simply doesn't produce for them. I live a few miles from the superdome, believe me when I tell you I know what Bush is about... This move is s mistake!! And I'm die hard Dolfan but this is ridiculous.. I'm not trying to argue with other dolfans, but treat me 5 mil is 5 mil to much...

For the guys that wanted Sproles, you're just getting a slighly more expensive better version of Sproles. Dolphins didn't break the bank to get this guy. But I don't think they are done at running back yet. I expect to see a vet like Barber or Brown added to the mix.

hAVE WE CUT ANYBODY YET????????? IM SURE ITS COMING........HOPE ITS CAREY AND CROWDER

Funny Dude

Very Funny

lol


FA Update:

NE - Albert Haynesworth
NY - Santonio Holmes
Fins - Tony McDaniel

Posted by: carlito | July 28, 2011 at 07:09 AM

LMAO
Love
Home

If they get Bush and Orton, I'm afraid that's it. No money left for Olineman. Just isn't there. I think Pouncey will be a bust and by mid season the line will be a shambles again. Pouncey nowhere near his brother talent wise. Let's just hope Jerry is better this year. Sparano, once he's fired, won't ever be an O line coach again. He's destroyed what was, at one point a very good line. All the trades and tinkering and waiving guys that were starters a week before is baffling. He truly seems lost to me. All this and McQuistan is still on team. Complete stiff.

bgballer40,

If Bush is hated by Saints fans it's because they expected moe from the 2nd overall pick. they expected a guy that could carry the franchise and he obviously hasn't. There was too much hype about this guy after a great career at USC. Maybe somewhat similar to Brown here in Miami. A lot of fans are down on Brown because they expected more from the second overall pick. We don't have to worry about any of that stuff around Bush. Fresh start for the 25 year old.

Craig at Arizona. He can play. Whether that translates to the pros remains to be seen. But I watched allot of him in college because of late west coast games when I get home from work. I liked him allot. Couldn't believe he wasn't drafted. You know how it is with RBs. Never know.

Vernon Carey had a horrible year last year, but I think he will bounce back. As for Shouting Crowder I hope he get eaten by a crocodile!!!

IT's OFFICIAL

REGGIE BUSH HAS 2 TEAR DEAL WITH THE DOLPHINS !!!!

bgballer40. I guess it is all perspective.

I have some cordial Saints fan, I cover that part of the country for my job. I have got nothing but texts of all positive comments on how good we did by getting him. These are from Season ticket holders and die hard saints fans.

so it all depends on who you talk to. If you are looking at it as his body of work for being the second guy drafted you would lookat him as a bust...

But we are getting him for the threat, the decoy, A Defense can not let him run without having a lot of attention paid to him. THAT IS HUGE in the grand scheme of a game. Most of the time that means one less blitzer at least.

He is also a great punt return man. I mean if I add all that in my head this move is a tremendous positive.

Now I know your buddies are razing you for the same move, my question would be, are your buddies just trying to piss you off and get on your case because, after all, that is what our good buddies always do... :)

REGGIE BUSH IS A DOLPHIN !!!!!!!!!!!


YEAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You guys need to start thinking positive. All I am hearing is about what Reggie hasn't done or can't do. If you combine his rushing yards with his receiving yards he has been pretty productive despite the injuries. How many full seasons have we got from R&R? Over 2,100 receiving yards on just over 200 receptions is VERY GOOD. He is not going to be here to run between the takles, that is what D. Thomas is for. Between rushing, receiving, and returning, he will make us more explosive. Stop being so negitive and lets cheer our beloved Fins on. GO DOLPHINS! DOLPHINS FOR LIFE!

VERNON CAREY WILL GONE , HE'S DUE BIG MONEY THIS YEAR ............


FASANO ?
HARTLINE ?

What other experienced QB do the Broncos have besides Tebow? If nobody, they would be foolish to let Orton go.

Welcome to south beach mr. bush..........run forrest run

Craig, watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ43Or3TSGE

HOME 1ST TO REPORT

REGGIE BUSH IS MIAMI DOLPHIN

2 YEARS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Poizen,
I have heard you speak about Vince Young multiple times, especially focusing on him leaving the team. I have seeen people respond that you did not know the whole story and indeed none of us trully do but I would like to offer an opinion on this matter.

Jeff Fisher never wanted Vince Young on the team, that is no secret and Fisher never hid that from Young. For a short time, Young's father figure (Steve McNair) was a buffer and a calming factor. McNair went to the Ravens, but they remained close. Mcnair passed away and Young lost that father figure completely.

Bud Adams was pressured by Fisher to let Young go, but it turns out that Adams let both of them go for a fresh start. The circumstances are not as black and white as you make it seem.

Vince Young would be a great assest to the Dolphins, IMO. He adds a different skill set along with being a better deep ball passer than any of our other choices.

AWWWRIGGGHT MIAMI !!!!!!!!


REGGIE BUSH IS A MIAMI DOLPHIN !!!!!!!!!!!

Please, enough with the VY stuff. If you want VY under center next year, you're a masochist. Just have someone kick you in the sack repeatedly. The result will be the same: pain......

Why the piling on John Jerry? Give the guy a chance, you guys are so impatient. Everyone wants to replace Jerry, Smith, Henne, ect. all these guys have less than 30 starts under their belt.

Remember, we have a good young core of guys like that, they're still growing, mistakes will be made.

jrljr2,

Good last couple of posts. Thanks for the info on Grigsby.

I happen to think the team isn't done yet. I'm not sure it will be blockbuster but I think there are still depth moves that could be made. I'd like to see more depth on the OL and more depth at RB....maybe another TE.

4,232 total yards from scrim. and 29 TD's in five years with only one healthy season. Sounds productive to me! GO FINS!

GOOD JOB HOME,FIRST ON THE REGGIE BUSSH NEWS. ALWAYS HOME FIRST WITH THE DOLPHINS NEWS.HOW COME HOME BEFORE ARMANDO?

orton taking 1st team snaps at denver practice... vy?

Shepard Book, appreciate the perspective.

I just hate haveing mentally weak people, for whatever reason, trying to LEAD a team. I could be overblowing this whole issue, and i fully admit that.

I just still can not get myself to "Like" that Idea at all. that being said, I don't think Ireland cares what I think anyway!! Ha!

trying to contain vy and bush would give dc's fitz.lol

Garbage,

Good post at 11:40. Lot of good points. I'm still in the 'Vince Young as a secondary option if you can't get Orton' camp but I'd make damn certain you also have a guy like Matt Moore under contract too cause the whole Young thing could blow up at any point in time.

..Reggie Bush would have been the absolute wrong fit in this offense last year. Lets see how he is used in Daboll scheme before jumping off a building because you didn't get your way. If he is used like he was in New Orleans(primarily as a reciever out of the backfield) he will be a TREMENDOUS weapon. If the Phins want to use him like a traditional back. This deal mat fall flat on its face. That isn't who Bush is, and it isn't how he changes games.

Please Dolphin offensive coordinator. Hit the flex capacitor and get back to the future, and out of the early 80's style offense this team has been wearing like a bad throwback jersey. Use Bush the right way, and do not ask him to be something he isn't.

Someone please explain to me where ALoco gets his information. Anyone EVER heard Carey being on the chopping block? Actually, of all the players on the team, I've heard the LEAST about him and Long. So, again, who ever said Miami even has a glimmer of and idea to cut Carey? Anyone, anyone?

I like the reggie bush pick, just wait for his first TD , and all of you will be praising him like a demi-god.

Apparently Greg Olsen is on the market (and that's REPORTED on espn.com ALOCO!!!).

Good point Darryl. You cant really think of Bush as an RB. He's really more of slot rec/rb hybrid.

He's always been overrated and overpaid, doesnt mean he cant be a huge asset.

I hope Ronnie doesnt go to the Patriots, I hope Ricky doesnt go to the Jets, but why do I have a feeling thats where they would end up. And coming back to bite the Dolphins in tha ass.

Poizen yes your right Reggie was a threat and someone that defensive coordinator are forced to game plan for. But that was do to another key player in New Orleans and that is Big Brees, the man deep pass threat left teams vulnerable to a Reggie Bush. Brees is a QB that reads defense and had great communication with all his backs, if you look at Pierre Thomas numbers he also had alot of cacthes and play action, but Thomas reacted to his QB and those games.. Thomas can run between tackles something bush can not do.. He is a solid man, seen him in person a bunch of times a Ruth Chris but he is not going to hold up to the ground and pound running that has been a staple of maimi offense for almost a decade now.. Yes we have a new coordinator we have a new mentality behind the our front office but we are still a team who fight for every inch and every yard.. Fights which Bushes body won't handle.. I can't wait till I see either Henne or Orton lay a flopper out Thier and see Bush get destroyed like he did by that eagle corner back in a playoff game a few years ago.. If you haven t seen that hit you tube it..

Remember that photo of Heath Evans, and Sammy Morris giving the Dolphins the finger with there Superbowl ring on the won with the Pats. What a bunch of a holes.

GIVE ME RICKY WILLIAMS ANY DAY OVER REGGIE BUSH OR RONNIE BROWN. THAT'S A DUMB MOVE BY THE DOLPHINS. HELL I RATHER HAVE WILLIS MCGAHEE OVER REGGIE BUSH.

DC..Aloco is a character...like a figment of your imagination when you were a kid......

Ignore everything he does....and he will disappear.....

at best...he is a figment of someone eles's imagination....

Sheldon Brown was the corner back name

Go check it out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eOuArasA8s&feature=youtube_gdata_player

lol kris. "and like that, he's gone..."

Did chatter slow down? To catch up, I know bush is frail in the past. But that risk for the price we are paying for the possible reward if he does not get hurt, or at least not hurt early is well worth this price.

Just my opinion. He needs to be used as a third down back and a good decoy, then we lessen the chance of getting hurt.

Still need to sign Ronnie Brown, any minute now please, then Zach Miller, please.

Bush for less than $5mill per year is a good deal. Daniel Thomas is our future at RB. Bush is the compliment back. We did not sign him to carry the load. We gave up a 6th round pick (what I'm hearing) for a former #2 pick in the draft. Many of his injuries were turf related. He lost several games with Turf Toe.

You Jet fans that can't see past Ireland and Sparano should find another team to cheer for, and get a clue about what this pick up was meant to be. We didn't break the bank, but added a player that fits a huge need for us.

Phins taking Bush at a decent contract number is a good pick up - better than Nambi to the jets if they get him or Hansworth to the Pats. Both will be way overpaid for their contributions.

Just one question... how many seasons has played bush completly????... i guess just 1.

Are Miami fans really this uneducated and belligerent, or are Jets fans posting as fins again `cause they got nothing better to do with their time?

First off, please god stop reposting that idiotic trype from BeatWeek. That was the absolute worst thing I've read in a long time. (Well, other than some of the crap Armando has to deal with here.)

Secondly, Reggie is getting about 10 mil for 2 years, and we gave up a 6th or 7th round pick to make sure we didn't have to compete with other teams and pay him more. It's a short term deal to see if he can revive his career in a new setting and we need speed and big plays. I'm not a fan of the move, but it makes sense. Grow up people. You aren't the ones being paid to coach football for a reason.

Lastly, Orton is a great fit here as well and I hope the front office continues to ignore you idiots in sheep's clothing and finishes that deal as well.

'WELCOME TO MIAMI'' REGGIE BUSH...I LOVE WHAT HE BRINGS TO THE OFFENSE..HE JUST NEEDS TO STAY HEALTHY IS ALL...THE GUYS FASSSSSST'' AND ELUSIVE....AND WILL BRING SOME ELECTRICITY THIS OFFENSE HAS LACKED..SO WILL ROOKIE WR GATES...WE NEED SPEEEEEEEED IN A BIG TIME WAY ON THIS OFFENSE BAD..REGGIE BRINGS SO MUCH FLEXIBILITY TO AN OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR ITS CRAZY....PHIN FANS ARE GONNA LOVE REGGIE BEFORE TO LONG...HE CAN PLAY ALL OVER THE FEILD....KICK RETURN, PUNT RETURN, WIDEOUT, RUNING BACK, ETC....

GO GET ORTON....WITH REGGIE AND GATES AND OTHERS..THIS OFFENSE DOES HAVE A NEW LOOK, AND WE FORGOT MOST IMPORTANT IS WE GOT NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR WHO IS GONNA OPEN UP THE OFFENSE ISTEAD OF BEING WAY TO CONSERVATIVE..

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