Green Bay Packers Re-Sign DB Jarrett Bush

By Michael Terrill

Special teams specialist and defensive back Jarrett Bush has re-signed a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers.

Bush was an unrestricted free agent who wanted to test the market and see what kind of deals would be offered to him. He was looking for a starting job but that is simply not what the NFL seems to have in store for him. Bush did receive offers from other teams but it was basically for the same role he already has with Green Bay. He came to the conclusion the Packers were the team he wanted to play for over the next few years.

“The only way he would have left the Packers was if there was a starting job and any big upfront money,” Bush’s agent Derrick Fox said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He absolutely loves Mike (McCarthy), Dom Capers and the entire organization. This kid has a great personality and he loves it there.”

The Packers did not want to lose Bush which meant they had to match the other offers he received. Green Bay gave him the best offer out of all the teams which worked out well for both sides.

“He basically went to New York and then he took another trip to Arizona and the numbers were similar,” Fox said. “I was setting up a trip for him to Dallas and when I ran the numbers they were very similar. At the end of the day, he took the best offer.”

Bush struggled when he first began his career with the Packers. There were definitely high hopes for him as a player to become a solid cornerback but multiple penalties plagued his on-field efforts. Unfortunately, Bush struggled early and often which made the fans grow tired of waiting to see what he could become. That all changed a couple years ago when Bush grew into his role as a special teams captain and dominated every chance he got. He led the special teams in tackles and constantly made big plays around the ball.

Bush’s biggest contribution to the Packers organization was in Super Bowl XLV when he intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass. Bush read the eyes of Roethlisberger and left his man, tight end Heath Miller, to jump the route of Mike Wallace. Bush made one of the biggest plays in the game that turned into a huge turning point as the Packers offense scored to take the lead on the next drive.

In 94 games played in his career, Bush has 130 tackles (113 solo), 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered, three interceptions and 22 passes defended.

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