The Detroit Lions offense put up some big numbers during the 2012 NFL season. Unfortunately that didn’t translate to wins, as the team finished with a disappointing 4-12 record. The team’s offense ranked second in the league, while the running game struggled and finished the season as the 28th best unit with 100.8 yards per game. Do the Lions have a new plan to bring in a big name to fix the run?
The Lions are looking for a playmaker to fill the void left by Jahvid Best, who will likely never return from concussion problems. There appears to be a match for this playmaker in Miami. The name Reggie Bush has now been linked to Detroit as he is likely done with the Miami Dolphins and wants to test the free agent market.
Bush was the second overall draft pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, by the New Orleans Saints. In his first season Bush was used primarily as a receiver out of the backfield. Bush caught 88 passes for 742 yards. Throughout his seven-year career, Bush was good as a running back and receiving back. It wasn’t until a fresh start with the Dolphins that Bush finally broke 1000 yards on the ground.
In 2011, Bush rushed for 1086 yards. The most recent 2012 season saw Bush put up 986 yards, falling just shy of back-to-back 1000 yard seasons.
Bush made $4.5 million in 2012, ranking him in the top ten most expensive running backs in the league. The Lions on the other hand paid Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell less than $1 million combined. In 2013, Leshoure will make $555,000, while Bell is currently a free agent. The Lions have a lot of money tied up in several players and would not be able to put up huge money for Bush, but it appears there isn’t a monstrous amount of interest in him. Bush is worth the $4.5 million the Dolphins paid him, and I would be comfortable with the Lions paying him a similar amount.
Signing Bush would give the Lions a huge threat out of the backfield. Utilizing Bell as a receiving back helped the Lions in several key games. Bush brings this dynamic to the game and excels at it. Signing Bush would also give the Lions a rare team of three top-three picks in the big offensive positions. Bush (2nd overall), Calvin Johnson (3rd overall) and Matthew Stafford (1s overall) would power the offense. Would this be enough to get the Lions back to the NFL Playoffs?