Dolphins May Pursue Reggie Bush After Lockout

Miami may "set the market" for Saints RB

By David Hill
|  Thursday, Jul 14, 2011  |  Updated 10:55 AM EDT
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Dolphins May Pursue Reggie Bush After Lockout

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The ongoing NFL Lockout is far from over, but when it does end the Miami Dolphins could make a run for Saints RB Reggie Bush, according to a report.

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network said Wednesday night that the Dolphins "might actually set the market for Reggie Bush" if the New Orleans Saints release him as expected.

He added the Dolphins are "looking for some sizzle, Reggie brings it."

Bush is under contract to be paid $11.8 million in 2011 if the Saints do not release him.

The former Heisman Trophy winner was selected second overall in the 2006 NFL Draft, but has not lived up to the high expectations placed on him. In five seasons, Bush rushed for 2,090 yards on 524 attempts, and never gained more than 600 yards in one season. He also has 2,142 receiving yards for his career on 294 receptions.

His best year by far was his rookie season, when he gained a combined 1,523 all-purpose yards. He was named to the Sporting News All-NFL team in 2008 as a return specialist, scoring three return TDs that season and averaging 13.5 yards per punt return.

If the Dolphins do make a play for Bush, it would all but spell the end of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams' tenures with the team. Miami drafted Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas in April, and he is expected to get significant playing time this season.

Bush would make a good complement to Thomas, whose between-the-tackles power running style is a far cry from Bush's shifty outside running. He could also contribute to the return game, where Miami has long struggled.

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