Multiple reports have surfaced that former USC Trojans star running back Reggie Bush has agreed in principle to play for the Detroit Lions. The first reports are that Bush has signed a four-year deal for an undetermined amount.
Earlier today it was announced that the Lions had contacted Bush to offer him a starting role in their backfield — ahead of Joique Bell and Mikel Leshoure — in 2014, and it was believed this could be enough to entice him to play in the Motor City.
This appears to be the case:
Lions and Reggie Bush agrees to terms, according to NFL source.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2013
Bush will be a nice addition to a Detroit offensive unit that has always seemed to be missing that one piece that could take them from perennially toeing the line of making the playoffs and finally making a splash in the NFC. There’s no doubt that Calvin Johnson will continue to produce at an All-Pro level, and when he’s at his best, Matt Stafford is as good as they come, but Bush will provide that extra spark in an offense that needs just that.
The fact there is uncertainty about whether Bush can be an every down back, however, has less to do with his overall athletic or football ability and more to do with the fact he’s never really been given the opportunity to prove that he can be just that.
Regardless, it appears that time has come in Detroit, and it’ll be fascinating to see whether Bush can rise to the occasion and help Jim Schwartz and his staff design a much more dynamic offense than we have seen in seasons passed.
As details on Reggie Bush’s contract arise, we’ll keep you updated.