A new report is now saying that Raiders running back Michael Bush is likely to be a restricted free agent once the labor dispute ends.
Bush has spent four years as a member of the Raiders, but missed his rookie season due to injury.
That year didn’t count toward his accrued seasons, and therefore technically he is only a three-year player.
Oakland tendered Bush with the highest tender before the lockout.
Al Davis has let it be known that he values Bush’s play, and his departure would be a major blow to the Raiders offense.
Michael is excellent insurance for when Darren McFadden is injured, and has had his fair share of 100 yard games thus far in his career.
Bush is now expected to be back with the Raiders in 2011.
This development will allow the Raiders to make a run at Nnamdi Asomugha, who is sure to demand a big contract.