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 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.