New Orleans Saints safety Rafael Bush signed an offer sheet with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday afternoon, according to nola.com. The Saints have until Apr. 8 to match the offer Atlanta has made. Bush, who started his professional career with the Falcons, saw an extensive amount of playing time with New Orleans in 2013. He played in 13 games and started six of them, totaling 42 tackles and five passes defended.
Rafael Bush is not your household name, but the kid definitely made his name known on national television during the playoffs when he delivered a smack-down on Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin to end his day with a concussion. Unfortunately, that was not enough to boost the Saints through the game for a shot at the NFC Championship.
The Falcons are after Bush for a reason; he’s cheap and he’s got the ability to be a serious playmaker. While he hasn’t yet proven himself in the NFL, a starting spot in Atlanta’s depth chart could mean big things for the 27-year-old safety. After Saints FS Malcolm Jenkins signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, Rafael was next in line to start. However, the addition of former Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd and CFL star Marcus Ball sort of changed the scenario up. The rivalry between New Orleans and Atlanta continues to heat up.
If the Saints do decide to part ways with Bush, no compensation would be given to the team since they issued Bush a one-year, $1.4 million tender (league minimum). The city of New Orleans would be left with nothing but a broken heart. Keep an eye out on Rafael Bush over the next few days; he could be going from black and gold to black and red very soon.