Free Agent Frenzy: Reggie Bush

Since coming out of USC in 2006, Reggie Bush hasn't quite lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he was selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the New Orleans Saints. Set to hit the open market, Bush is coming off one of the worst statistical years of his career. The Giants Beat examines whether Big Blue should roll the dice on the dynamic, but often injured running back.

The Giants are looking for a threat at the running back position, a playmaker that can add another element to their offense.

The Detroit Lions released running back Reggie Bush last week after the almost 30-year-old had one of the worst seasons of his career.

Bush ran for only 550 yards from scrimmage and averaged 3.9 yards per carry. It was the first time since 2008 that the running back ran for less than 4.2 yards per rushing attempt.

There are a few reasons why the Giants could be skeptical about signing Bush. His age is of concern since 30 is considered old for the position.

Along with his age, he has the reoccurring injuries to go along with it. Bush sustained ankle and back injuries that limited him to just 11 games in 2014.

The Giants were injury prone this past season and may be looking for a more durable playmaker.

However, Bush could be a major spark for the team if he does remain healthy.

He’d fit in well with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s west coast offense.

Current Giants’ running backs Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams aren’t true threats as pass receivers. Bush could add to McAdoo’s offense by being a playmaker out of the backfield.

If wide receiver Victor Cruz comes back healthy, defenses are already going to have to figure out if they will double up on him or wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. This would leave the third wide out and back out of backfield in great position to beat out less athletic defenders in the passing game.

Before 2014, Bush had back-to-back seasons of 1,382, 1,278 and 1,512 yards from scrimmage for the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions.

He also has never had less than 34 receptions in a season totaling 466 overall throughout his career.

After nine seasons in the NFL, Bush may not be as dynamic as he was a few years ago, but he is still a big-play threat who can catch the ball.

If the 205-pound back is willing to take a small one-year contract, Bush could be a target for the Giants.

Big Blue could also be leaning towards drafting a young, durable running back for less money and more time.

It could be an unusual move for head coach Tom Coughlin to go for a less versatile back who’d only be expected to play on third downs.

But, if the Giants don’t see someone they like out of the draft, why not go for a sure handed veteran free agent like Bush, if he’s willing to take a smaller contract.


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