Does Reggie Bush Put Detroit Lions back in NFC North Title Contention?

By Andrew Fisher
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You have to hand it to the Detroit Lions, they went out and got their man this past week. Reggie Bush was at the top of their shopping list, he came for a visit, and they didn’t let him leave without a deal in place. Bush agreed to a modest four year/$16 million deal to come and play in the Motor City. He showed his maturity as a football player when he said that it was ‘all about winning’ at this point in his career. He knows a good opportunity when he sees one, and playing along side Calvin Johnson is about as good as it gets for a back like Bush.

But is adding Reggie Bush into the mix enough to get the Lions back in the thick of things in the NFC North? This is a division that’s going to be stacked next season, and while there isn’t a clear favorite yet, every team figures to compete for a playoff spot.

The Lions are a few tweaks away from being back to where they were in 2011. They hold the fifth overall spot in this year’s draft, and should be able to acquire some immediate help with that selection. Most have them going with a defensive player in the first round, but they’re also expected to draft another receiver at some point.

The backfield will consist of the 1-2 punch of Bush and Mikel LeShoure, which should get them solid production all season long. Both players figure to be in the game at the same time a lot, as Bush will work out of the slot on a frequent basis.

Detroit is a better team with Bush, but he alone does not make them instant contenders in the NFC North. But if the Lions hit a home run in the draft, they could be in business. At minimum, they will bounce back from 2012, and at least compete for a wild card spot.


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