NFL Rumors: Matthew Stafford to Help Detroit Lions Obtain Reggie Bush

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Last month, I mentioned the Detroit Lions as a landing place for free agent running back Reggie Bush. After failing to be re-signed by the Miami Dolphins, Bush will be one of several NFL running backs being pursued by teams in the 2013 off-season.

The Lions are in need of a playmaker like Bush, after the return of Jahvid Best seems to be less of a reality. It appears that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is interested in the team pursuing Bush. Stafford added Bush to his list of Twitter followers. Bush became the 111th person that the Lions quarterback follows. Stafford’s list of followed Twitter users includes Lions teammates, former Georgia Bulldog teammates, family members and media personalities.

Why would Stafford add a running back from a different NFL team to his Twitter account? Speculation will now begin that the Lions are in fact pursuing Bush in free agency, and Stafford could be the person responsible for landing Bush. The Lions desperately need to restructure Stafford’s contract to free up cap space for the 2013 season.

Bush would add huge playmaking abilities to the Lions that they desperately need. Bush rushed for over 950 yards in each of his last two seasons. Bush also appeared in at least 15 games each of the least two years. The difference for the Lions could be Bush’s reception abilities. In his rookie season, Bush caught 88 passes for 742 yards.

Reggie Bush made $6 million in the 2012 season, and would need to accept a pay cut to become a member of the Lions. If Stafford can restructure his contract and persuade Bush to join the team, this simple move on Twitter may pay off for the Lions and its fans.

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