Dec 23, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) on the bench in a game against the Buffalo Bills in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Miami won 24-10. Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie Bush Says He Is Confused...Many Fans Are Not

Reggie Bush told media a couple of weeks ago that he was “confused” as to why the Miami Dolphins haven’t talked to him about a contract extension.  Bush has openly stated his desire to remain in Miami.  At another 5 million a year, it’s unlikely.

Jeff Ireland told the media a few days later that he expects big things from second year RB Lamar Miller, a player who hits the holes with much more intensity.  Miller also possesses the speed of Bush and the ability to break a big gain.  Where the two of them differ is Miller tends to attack the line and find the hole.  Bush tends to dance behind the line and wait for the hole.

Bush became a fan-favorite almost immediately with moves that left defenders looking stupid.  He was able to make a 20 yard gain look like a 60 yard touchdown.  The problem simply is that he doesn’t hit the holes quick enough and too often finds himself stuck behind the line of scrimmage running for any daylight he can find.

While Bush may be confused, most Dolphins fans understand why he hasn’t been offered an extension.  Make no mistake, it’s a realization that comes with the reality that one of the most exciting offensive players for the Dolphins will be leaving.  Bush has showed his ability to lead.  Both on and off the field.  Routinely staying late after practice to work and impressing the younger players.

Bush is one of those players that teams want on their team.  He sets the right example.  He is a team player with a team mentality.  He sets goals for himself as well as the team but realizes that the ultimate goal for the team is more important. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily warrant a 5 million dollar paycheck.

Bush could still return to the Dolphins.  Bush may not find the free agent salary offers to his liking.  Rumors however churn that a couple of teams including the Detroit Lions are high on Bush as a free agent target.  If that is the case than 5 million is a very likely number for Bush receive.

It’s hard to say good-bye to favorite players but the business side of the NFL doesn’t exactly cater to favorites.

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  • william

    i dont understand why fans would pay wallace $12 million a year for 1300 yards and 8 td’s but tis out of the question to pay Bush $5 million a year for the sames statistics….. on a worse offense.

    Doesnt anyone wonder how much better Bush would be with an alpha wr? Hes only 27. Sign him to 2 years and trade him the next if anything., Dont let him just walk. This team would have been horrible had he not kept it togeher

  • Jcartwright67

    I agree with William in part but not whole. I strongly believe that an alpha WR with speed to open up the secondary will permit a better running game. A running game that can be handled by Miller/Thomas/Thigpen/others. The theory then would permit us to have the best of both worlds resulting in more points on the board. I’d personally like to retain Bush, but at the right price. That said; I’d rather spend money on two WR’s and TE in FA than spend valuable cap money on a RB when we have replacements currently on the roster and under contract.

  • taydigga

    Miller isn’t as fast as Bush and doesn’t catch the ball like Bush. Did you see that over the shoulder sideline tiptoe catch Bush made in the endzone this past season?