Well, the Dolphins partnership with good ole’ Reggie Bush (who’s Twitter account still shows him in Dolphins colors and imaging) is officially no more as Reggie has just agreed to a four-year deal with the Detroit Lions.
The Detroit Lions were determined not to let Reggie Bush get out of town, in fear of losing their man to the Arizona Cardinals or Cincinnati Bengals
Dangling the opportunity to be a full-time player, starting over holdovers Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell, the Lions landed another weapon for Matthew Stafford on Wednesday. Bush agreed to terms on a four-year contract, the team announced.
Head coach Jim Schwartz, who was in Nashville during the Chris Johnson-LenDale White “Smash and Dash” days, has long envisioned a similar backfield in Detroit.
Bush will fill the role originally slated for Jahvid Best before multiple concussions left his NFL future in doubt. Lions coaches will devise ways to get the ball to Bush in space, while Leshoure handles short-yardage duties and the four-minute drill.
With an increased role in Miami, Bush posted more than 950 rushing yards and more than 30 receptions in each of his past two seasons. The last Lions players to accomplish that feat was Hall of Famer Barry Sanders from 1997 to 98.
What’s interesting is that Bell, the player whom Bush will replace on passing downs, was one of the most productive receiving backs in the NFL last season. Among tailbacks, only Darren Sproles posted more receiving yards last season.
It’s easy to forget that the Lions started out 5-0 in 2011 before Best’s season was ended prematurely. If Bush proves to be an upgrade on Bell in terms of versatility and matchup exploitation, the offense can reach those heights again this season.