When it comes to potential Miami Dolphins free agents this off season, several big names pop up. Stars like Jake Long, Sean Smith, Brian Hartline, but arguably one of the highest talked about this off season is running back Reggie Bush.
Two off seasons ago Reggie Bush set his goal to rush for 1,000 yards in his first season with the Dolphins. Then last off season Reggie set his goal to lead the league in rushing. Overall in Reggie’s two years as a Miami Dolphin he has rushed for 1,000 yards once (just short last year), and averaged just over 4.6 yards per carry. Coming out successful on only one of his goals.
Besides rushing, Reggie Bush provides an asset out of the backfield in the receiving game as well. For a young quarterback like Ryan Tannehill, who only threw 3 touchdown passes to wide receivers, Bush has proven to be a valuable asset in the receiving game as well.
So why are the Dolphins not re-signing this big play back?
Most apparent would be because of the potential depth behind Bush. Behind Bush on the depth chart lies 1 year Miami native Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas who has battled leg injuries, and notorious return man Marcus Thigpen. The decision to resign Reggie Bush lies in the hands of general manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Joe Philbin. In regards to the organizations view of backup Lamar Miller, Jeff Ireland told the Palm Beach Post,”He kind of shoots out of the cannon when he hits the hole. He’s got very good hands. I thought he did a very good job in his pass protection, which keeps him on the field all three downs.” Showing the young Lamar Miller may just be the reason to push Reggie Bush out of South Florida.
When it comes to Reggie Bush’s, he “badly” wants to return to Miami’s backfield, and is confused on why he hasn’t received a contract offer to date. Rumor has it that Miami looks to offer Reggie a “team-friendly” offer before free agency begins in 27 days. However, no negotiations have been started to date.