It's been an on-going drama (among fans) this offseason whether the Dolphins want running back Reggie Bush back or not. And part of the narrative is that the team has not shown Bush any love because they didn't offer the former Heisman Trophy winner a contract during the season or even in the weeks after the season.
In the last week the Dolphins and Bush's agent Joel Segal discussed a deal for Bush.
So there is interest by the Dolphins to retain Bush.
But how intense is that interest?
As I have reported and is apparently confirmed by Miami's approach, the Dolphins have a price set for Bush. The team wants Bush. But the Dolphins want Bush at their price.
What does that mean?
It means the Dolphins are comfortable with the idea of having Lamar Miller take the reins as the lead back. Bush, according to general manager Jeff Ireland, is seemingly more suited to a third-down spot or some role slotted as a receiver.
"You’d love to have his skill set on the football team," Ireland said. "I mean Reggie has a unique set of skill sets. He’s been a receiver, he’s been a primary running back. So I definitely see a role for that type of skill set."
How Bush would be used exactly is a coaching question. Whether he'll be available to be used is a personnel question and on that front the personnel department's price point for Bush doesn't seem to quite rise to the $5 million per year Bush has been averaging the past couple of seasons -- not when he's not certain of being the lead back.
Bush, meanwhile, obviously wants a raise.
So where does that leave everyone?
Well, the Dolphins are interested in Bush. To a degree. His representation is interested in getting Bush back to Miami -- but only if the price is right for them.
Seems they have more talking to do or will need the market to help set parameters for Bush's next deal.