Since the San Diego Chargers drafted running back Ryan Mathews back in 2010, their running game has been lackluster at best. This offseason, the team will attempt to add some extra firepower to the ground attack in hopes of alleviating their offensive woes.
One way for the Chargers to get their ground game going would be to add a impending free agent like Reggie Bush.
Bush, who could be re-signed by the Miami Dolphins before free agency begins, has proven over the last two seasons that he’s capable of carrying an NFL workload. Throughout his 2011 and 2012 campaigns with the Dolphins, Bush has totaled 2,072 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 443 carries while also hauling in 78 passes for 588 receiving yards and three touchdowns. While the Dolphins have fielded a pitiful passing attack, Bush has carried the offense in Miami.
If Bush was to join the Chargers, he’d team up with Mathews to form the type of one-two punch that has excelled in the NFL as of late. He brings a speedy, homerun threat to the backfield as a third-down back, whereas Mathews is the big, powerful runner who can pick up the tough yards and wear down defenses.
Bush spent his college career tearing up the field for the USC Trojans, so he’s familiar with the Southern California area. On top of that, his parents live in the San Diego area, so he’d be closer to “home” as well. Those points, however, still don’t trump the fact that Bush has said time and time again that he wants to stay with the Dolphins and enjoys the city of Miami.
If the Dolphins can’t come to terms with Bush, he’ll be one of the top running backs on the market come March 12. If that’s the case, there will be several interested parties in the proven third-down back; expect the Chargers to be at the top of the list of potential suitors.