New Year’s Day is here for football fans as free agency kicks off in just a few hours, and the rumors are flying. The Denver Broncos are reportedly in the market for a running back and everyone is thinking they are looking for a bigger back. They might be, but there are reports on Tuesday morning that the Broncos are one of the frontrunners to sign Miami Dolphins running back, Reggie Bush.
When I first thought of this, it made no sense to me. The Broncos drafted Ronnie Hillman last year to be their version of a Bush, and it’s too early to give up on him.
However after thinking about it for an hour or so, it makes sense. When you have Peyton Manning, you can never have too many weapons. Bush who is only 28 would bring an explosive threat to the offense, a player that can go the distance every time he touches the football. In short, Bush is a playmaker and you can never have too many of those.
The Broncos would not use Bush as a primary back, they would use him as their Wes Welker or Percy Harvin. A guy that they can lineup anywhere on the field and a guy that creates mismatches all over the place. No quarterback in the league finds those mismatches better than Manning, and he would find Bush when he is being covered by a middle linebacker.
Bush also fits with what new offensive coordinator, Adam Gase wants to do. He wants the Broncos to play fast on offense and there are very few players who are faster than Bush. In addition, Bush would be a great asset on third-downs.
What would Bush to the Broncos mean for Hillman? It would simply mean that the Broncos have one more weapon for Manning; the Broncos are not giving up on Hillman at all. They are trying to give their quarterback as many weapons as humanly possible. Look at the New England Patriots; they have a lot of guys who are similar on offense but they all contribute because it is simply impossible for a defense to cover everyone.
Even if the Broncos sign Bush, they will likely still be in the market for a bigger running back. The difference is they might turn their attention to the draft to fill that need.
At first Bush to the Broncos doesn’t make a lot of sense, but if you think about it for just a minute, it does make sense. Manning getting the ball to Bush in the flat versus a linebacker sounds good to me.
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