Day two of the NFL free agency period is now on and the first big signing of the day is in the books. Per multiple sources, the Detroit Lions have agreed in principal to sign former Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush. Terms of the contract aren’t available immediately, but some have speculated it’s a three-year contract.
Bush has never become the type of player the league hoped for when he was drafted with the second overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. It was expected that he would revolutionize the running back position with his speed and agility, but his inability to deal with the physical nature of the league has held him back from being more than a situational back, although it seemed that he was able to get on track during his tenure with the Dolphins.
But now he’s headed to the Lions, where he is likely going to be injected into the offense in a big way. The Lions are a team that has been starved for help at running back for some time. Between injuries and poor play, they haven’t been able to count on a consistent running game in some time. Their last 1,000 yard rusher was Kevin Jones back in 2005.
I’m not sure if Bush is the answer to their woes, but if nothing else, his ability to catch the football out of the backfield will be a benefit to the Lions. Obviously how good or bad this contract turns out to be will depend on how the money balances out with production, but early indications are that this contract won’t be so obtuse as to be regrettable.