The start of the 2013 NFL Free Agency period begins in less than a week, and news of Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush signing with the Detroit Lions is heating up. The Lions will have an exodus of free agents on the defensive side of the ball, so any talk of a big signing on the offensive side of the ball has to be prefaced with that.
It’s hard to tell tell just how interested the Lions are. Do they really need Reggie Bush? Most teams have a two-headed monster at the running back position nowadays. The combination of backs Joique Bell and Mikel Leshoure didn’t exactly light up any record books, but it also isn’t an area to add a “novelty” back.
I use the term “novelty” lightly, but that’s what Bush is. He’s never carried the ball more than 230 times. He’s been in the league for seven seasons, a long time for running backs. He’s just now proven, in the last two seasons, that he can be an effective rusher. But, he also hasn’t returned any more than a handful of punt returns (20) in the last three seasons.
Bush will command more money than he’s actually worth. In the last two seasons, he made $10 million per year, which is great, but how can the Lions offer anything close to that? The Lions and QB Matt Stafford passed the ball over 700 times last season!
Yes that is correct. 700 times! Are they suddenly trying to be a different team? Is having one of the league’s best offenses not working out?
The last time I checked, the defensive side of the ball is about to implode if the Lions don’t seriously commit themselves to it. By commit, I mean drop every dime they have into some free agents and draft picks. I also think that they currently have 35 players under contract. In short, some serious changes are going to be taking place on defense…not offense.
The offense looks fantastic. Need another weapon? Draft one! Reggie Bush would be great if the money were right, but I don’t think it will be.
Bush deserves whatever contract he gets; I just don’t think Detroit has the bankroll for him. Bell and Leshoure should suffice for another season. You don’t hand over more than five million per year to a guy who’s going to give you less options. Bush isn’t a feature back. Bell and Leshoure combined for 1200+ yards and 12 touchdowns last season. There’s nowhere to go but up for the tandem, barring any serious injuries.
Unless the Lions are considering a three-headed monster at the position, look for them to concentrate on their defense during this season’s free agency period.