Free agent running back Reggie Bush is scheduled to meet with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday to discuss signing a deal with the team. In addition, the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals are rumored to be interested in acquiring his services as well, but it appears the Lions and Bush have mutual interest in each other. Reports are also surfacing that the Lions want him to sign a deal before he leaves their meeting. If you’re a Detroit fan, that’s exactly what you want to hear.
But will Bush want to play in the Motor City? I think he should, especially if the Bengals and Cardinals are his other two options.
The Lions make sense for Bush on several levels. First and foremost, they just simply need more talent at running back. While Bush isn’t the prototypical ‘between the tackles’ back, he’s still proven he can get it done on the ground. After the first part of his career many were unsure of that, but he’s averaged over 1,000 yards rushing in the past two seasons, while staying healthy.
Bush is also the epitome of a dual-threat running back. He’s equally, if not more dangerous as a pass-catcher, and we all know how much that Lions like to chuck it around the gridiron. Adding Bush into the mix in the passing game would be a huge upgrade for Detroit. It doesn’t appear that they have any plans of becoming a ground and pound team anytime soon, so why not get a back who’s going to enhance the air attack?
Plus, you’d have to figure Bush will be the starter and get the majority of the work. Mikel Leshoure would be a compliment to him, and not the other way around. That has to be a big factor in Bush’s decision to sign with a new team.
Reggie Bush simply adds more talent to the Lion’s roster, and adds more matchup nightmares for opposing defenses. Trying to contain Bush and Calvin Johnson at the same time will be no easy task for even the league’s top defensive units.
Overall, the Lions will become more explosive and dynamic with Bush on the field. This is a deal that’s mutually beneficial, and one that would put Bush in the right place at this point in his career.