Tag:Reggie Bush
Posted on: June 17, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 3:21 pm

Report: Bush allowed to talk to teams in February

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Reggie Bush wasn't thrilled with the Saints' decision to draft running back Mark Ingram in the first round. We know this because he promptly tweeted as much. Most people figured that Ingram's arrival signaled the end of an underwhelming five years in New Orleans for Bush.

Turns out, the organization gave Bush permission to seek a trade two months before they drafted Ingram, according to a report by Yahoo.com's Jason Cole.
The New Orleans Saints gave running back Reggie Bush permission in February to talk to other teams and gauge his value as the franchise, and Bush tried to work out a restructured contract, according to three NFL sources.

Bush and agent Joel Segal were told that a number of teams would be interested in paying him handsomely, or at least more than the Saints have apparently been willing to offer at this point. That is one of the reasons that Bush has made contradictory statements about his future in New Orleans and didn’t participate in offseason workouts with Saints players. The expectation from Bush, according to the sources, is that he will be playing for another team next season.
This explains why the Saints traded back into the first round of the draft to take Ingram. The organization knew it was going to need a running back and apparently wants one who is more comfortable running between the tackles.

(By the way, we're not saying New Orleans had to get a running back early in the draft because of Bush's likely departure, but we understand the thinking. We're still of the opinion that, in general, teams overpay for NFL backs.)

The next question, of course, is which teams might be interested in Bush. According to one of Coles' sources, "Among the most likely candidates for Bush’s services … are the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants. Miami and Pittsburgh are looking to add speed on offense. Seattle is coached by Pete Carroll, Bush’s former coach at USC. The Giants’ interest would depend on whether the team is able to keep running back Ahmad Bradshaw once free agency starts."

Bush hasn't yet reached his potential as an NFL player, and it's part of the reason the Saints are willing to let him walk. That said, he would upgrade the backfield (and the passing games) of every team mentioned above. The biggest sticking point, obviously, is how much it will cost to sign him. The last time the Steelers paid (relatively) big money for a free-agent running back was in 2004 for Duce Staley. The Dolphins have Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, and they can't afford to allot a huge chunk of their salary cap to Bush.

The Carroll-USC connection makes sense, too, but he's not afraid to cut his former college players (with unintentionally hilarious side-effects). And like the Dolphins, the Seahawks have bigger issues than adding another running back.

Cole notes that "over the past two seasons, Bush, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 draft, has become a role player. He has missed 10 games because of injury and been limited to only 106 carries and 81 receptions in the regular season. He has scored a total of nine rushing and receiving touchdowns, but remains an explosive player."

According to Football Outsiders, Bush ranked 32nd in total value among NFL running backs with fewer than 100 carries last season. We'll mention it again in case you missed it the first time: there are better ways for teams to allocate their salary-cap dollars than busting the bank on a running back. They're just not worth it.

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Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:41 am
Edited on: May 27, 2011 10:45 am

Bess spending lockout doing manual labor

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When somebody asks you how your job is treating you, I’ve always loved the clichéd response of: Well, it beats digging ditches.

Because 1) well, who in the heck actually is employed in that profession (???) and 2) it reminds me that sitting in my air-conditioned house writing this blog post is not a bad way to earn a living (as opposed to, you know, shoveling dirt by the side of the road in the summer heat).

BessThe answer to my first point is: Dolphins WR Davone Bess, who actually IS digging ditches in Costa Rica while working for Global Volunteers.

"I had an epiphany one night. With all I've been through on and off the field God has put me in a position to be a difference maker and to change lives," Bess told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "If I can help someone make a difference and impact someone's life I want to do that to the best of my ability."

Bess is trying to impact those lives by digging 200 yards of drainage ditches and laying tile for the residents of Canitas, a small town in the north, as they prepare for the rainy season.

Just like Reggie Bush, who’s kept busy on Twitter during the offseason, it’s nice to see Bess enjoying his lockout vacation. Except Bess is actually doing something worthwhile with his time and not just, um, relaxing by the pool.

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Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 4:54 pm

Hot Routes 5.23.11: Brady, Gisele frolic poolside

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • You think Tom Brady spent his weekend sweating the Rapture? Hell no he did not. So what did he do? He spent his weekend at a resort in Mexico, frolicking around a pool on a waterslide with his mildly attractive soulmate, Gisele. Yes, there are pictures. And yes, it's entirely possible to enjoy the lockout without actually SAYING SO. 

Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:37 pm

Hot Routes 5.11.11: Anybody up for bull riding?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Just what we need: another reality show featuring an NFL player doing, I don’t know, every-day stuff that none of us should actually care about. Jets CB Darrelle Revis – coming off his well-regarded Hard Knocks performances – wants to make it happen.
  • Although Houston’s Brian Cushing will be moved to inside linebacker in Wade Phillips’ new 3-4 scheme, Phillips said Cushing will spend plenty of time rushing the quarterback. Which is good for the Texans, because he’s pretty good at that.
  • Apparently, 19 percent of people surveyed said they would be less likely to watch the NFL if the season is delayed. That doesn’t seem like a huge percentage, but still, that would be a ton of people who would abandon the bandwagon. That’s if you believe them, of course.

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:35 pm

The lockout really hurts a guy like Cofield

B. Cofield wants to get paid (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Giants DT Barry Cofield has worked hard to get where he is. He was drafted by New York in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, and since then, he’s accumulated 10 ½ career sacks and 210 tackles while making about $4 million in the interim.

So obviously, Cofield isn’t the guy who’s making tens of millions dollars per year* (the old billionaires vs. millionaires argument), and when he reads the Twitter stylings of Reggie Bush ($26 million guaranteed in his first contract) – who, as you’ll recall, tweeted that he’s been enjoying his lockout offseason just fine, thanks very much – it upsets him.

*Yes, I realize $4 million in a five-year span is a good chunk of change.

Especially since Cofield is going to have an uphill fight to keep his job, now that the Giants have drafted defensive tackles in the second rounds of the last two drafts.

“It really pisses me off," Cofield told the Newark Star Ledger. “My career and some other guys, it’s the definition of irreparable harm. I’m not going to get last year back (when he made $1.7 million as a restricted free agent). That’s a year off my career, a year of pounding on my body. And this offseason I’m not going to get back. Doing the draft before free agency, that hurts a lot of guys. It definitely hurt me.”

And you can see why Cofield feels like he deserves to get paid a ton of money – he did, after all, have a career-high four sacks and a career-best 54 tackles last year.

“I just want my fair chance,” he said, “They gave me my fair chance last year. I went on the field and proved it. And now I want my fair chance to go out there and secure my future.”

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Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:10 pm

Bayless, Bush involved in Twitter trash-talk

Posted by Will Brinson

Twitter is just getting everyone in trouble these days, you guys. First it was the Rashard Mendenhall, then it was Reggie Bush, and now ... no, wait, it's still Reggie Bush.

Except this time, Bush isn't just getting berated by fans for his stance on "enjoying the lockout" -- he's getting involved in a trash-talking affair with the one-and-only Skip Bayless. Sigh.

"Skippy Skipper Skip Bayless said my performance on the field doesn't give me a right to speak my mind! But his performance does!" Bush tweeted over a number of updates, all of which you can read here. "MY BAD! I mean what was I thinking! This guy Skipper put it in so much blood, sweat, and heart into this game all behind a desk! You got it boss! Let me take a step back and bow down to Skippy Bayless! All Hail the great Skipper! He def has my Hall of Fame Vote! Canton here we come!"

Naturally, Bush also did what any grown man would do: challenge Bayless to a weight-lifting contest.

"This is an Official Challenge to 1 on 1 full gear and full contact with Skip Bayless!" Bush tweeted. "Plus a full conditioning drill and weight lifting! If I win he wears a 25 jersey and a dress plus makeup on his show, he wins he gets a full game check! I bet he won't accept my challenge!!! Now put that on SportsCenter! Holla!!!!"

Fortunately, this is Skip Bayless, so he totally backed down and just let it go. Except he didn't. In fact, he kind of challenged Bush to a weight-lifting challenge live on "Cold Pizza." Or something.

"ANY TIME you want to come to Bristol and discuss or debate anything I've said about you, face to face on TV, you are welcome," Bayless tweeted. "ANY TIME you want to meet in Central Park, NYC, and run the 8-mile loop, I'll be there. Then we can hit Gold's & lift weights."

Maybe this is harmless fun. But Bush, as he's told us already, has plenty of time on his hands. And Bayless, as he's already told us, loves to take people to the old gun show. So this is absolutely something we could end up being forced to watch.

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Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:45 am
Edited on: May 10, 2011 8:46 am

Bush draws criticism for 'relaxing' tweets

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If Saints RB Reggie Bush really was trying to make a joke Monday on Twitter, he’d do well to remember one thing: sarcasm rarely comes through in that social medium.

On his Twitter account, Bush wrote “Everybody complaining about the lockout! Shoot I'm making the most of it! Vacation, rest, relaxing, appearances here and there! I'm good!” and “Right about now we would be slaving in 100 degree heat, practicing twice a day, while putting our bodies at risk for nothing.’

A few minutes later, he tweeted the following: “FYI last tweet was a joke! Relax people damn it's called sense of humor! Cry me a river why don't you.”

In between, Bush got lambasted by people because A) playing and practicing football was, you know, his job and B) they didn’t appreciate the term “slaving.”

But there’s potentially a larger problem at play here other than football fans getting upset about something so trivial that a utility running back off-handedly wrote. In the court system, the NFLPA is trying to argue that the NFL owners locking them out are causing the players irreparable harm, and that's a big reason why the District Court granted an injunction to lift the lockout. It’s a little tougher to argue that point when the owners’ lawyers can point to a tweet by Bush that says, “I’m good!” 

Sarcasm or not, it just wasn’t a good idea.

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Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:37 am

Bush isn't necessarily done in New Orleans

Bush Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After the Saints drafted RB Mark Ingram in the first round, Reggie Bush almost immediately tapped out a farewell tweet that read, “It’s been fun New Orleans.” QB Drew Brees, though, is urging Bush to remember the situation five years ago when the Saints drafted Bush and how then-starter Deuce McAllister handled himself.

"Deuce handled that situation better than anybody ever could have and he had one of his best seasons in 2006," Brees told Towntalk.com (H/T Pro Football Talk). "He was a huge part of our success. I think Reggie has that same potential to be that big a part of our success this year despite the fact that we've got three other guys."

That also is a hindrance for Bush, because it’s not only Ingram he must worry about. There’s also Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas – who just landed a four-year contract before the lockout. So, after Bush tweeted his response to Ingram’s signing, Brees texted him some words of encouragement, basically writing not to take the draft as a sign that the Saints don’t want him.

But would the Saints actually want him back? Certainly not at the $11.8 million he’s supposed to make in 2011, so Bush would have to restructure his contract. But, after the draft, coach Sean Payton also said he would be surprised if Bush DIDN’T return to the team next season, so it’s hard to know what to think at this point.

"(Bush is) a young guy, he's very prideful and wants to be great. He wants as many opportunities as he can get," Brees said." I think you immediately see (the drafting of Ingram) as, 'Oh, well, that's taking opportunities away from me.’ But in reality, I think you've got to find the positive in it."

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