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Friday, March 1, 2013

The Case against Reggie Bush for the Lions

Reggie Bush isn't the right fit
for the Detroit Lions.
      According to many reports, the Detroit Lions are ready to make a push at free agent running back Reggie Bush. The thought is amusing, and seems to be a great fit. Jahvid Best's career is seemingly over, and Mayhew says his biggest mistake was assuming he would return for 2012. He then vowed it won't happen again.

      Bush is just the home-run threat that the Lions will look for. However, Bush has went over 1,000 yards rushing once in his career, and at 28, with 7 years of wear at running back, Bush may be on his way down. Last season he rushed for 986 yards and caught 35 passes, which was one shy of his career low in receptions.

      With early reports of him wanting close to the $5 million he made last season, it was far fetched. With recent reports that he wants close to $7-8 million it is unfathomable. The Lions currently have close to $9 million in cap space, and signing a situational running back to half that space wouldn't be a smart football move.

      Statistically, Bush carried a negative 2.6 overall grade, and allowed 7 quarterback hurries last season. With the mid-rounds full of shifty running backs, the Lions would be smart to go that route.

      Kerwyn Williams ran a 4.48 40-yard dash and a 4.15 split in the 20-yard shuttle at the combine. He garnered 11 combined rushing and receiving plays of over 50+ yards displaying his home-run ability. In 2012, he rushed for 1,512 yards on 6.9 YPC  adding 15 touchdowns rushing and 5 more receiving. He's a payer that could be had in the 4-5 rounds.

      There's many more running backs the Lions could pursue, including Kenjon Barner, Denard Robinson, Mike Gillisleeor Joseph Randle. For Bush's asking price, he isn't the right fit for the Lions.

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