Earlier today, we told you about a report from Yahoo! Sports that said the Saints gave RB Reggie Bush permission to seek a trade two months before they drafted Mark Ingram in the first round of the draft.
According to Bush, the story is not true.
Contacted by WWL.com out of New Orleans, Bush said the Saints did NOT give him permission to find another team that might want him.
From the story:
I texted Bush a message which read, "Yahoo sports is reporting that the saints gave u permission back in February to gauge interest of other teams for u. Is that accurate?" Bush responded, "Lol! Absolutely not!"
Just to be absolutely certain, I again texted, "just so I have this right u were never given permission to gauge interest of other teams? Right?" Bush replied, "For the second time no."
WWL then contacted Jason Cole, the writer of the Yahoo! Sports piece (and a well-respected reporter), and his response basically was: Hey, Bush can say whatever he wants.
But as CBSSports.com’s own Larry Holder, who covers the Saints, points out, "None of these reports of Reggie Bush surprise me. And just because Bush denied it to WWL-AM doesn't mean it's false. He denied USC stuff too.”
Bush is slated to make $11.8 million next season, and that contract almost certainly will not be paid – either Bush will take a pay cut or New Orleans will cut him loose.
With the drafting of Ingram, I’m guessing it’ll be the latter.
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