Earlier this week, word spread that the Miami Dolphins and running back Reggie Bush's agent had sat down to begin work on a new contract, keeping Bush in Miami rather than letting him hit free agency. Now, according to a report from NFL analyst Ian Rapoport, it appears the Dolphins and Bush will separate.
According to Rapoport's report from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, the Dolphins told Bush' representatives that they see him as a luxury this offseason, meaning they are not going to break the bank just to bring him back. Miami seems to want to push second year runner, Lamar Miller, into the starting role, with his primary backup being Daniel Thomas.
Under that scenario, Bush would be used as a receiving threat, and potentially limited to a third down back type role.
Meanwhile, Bush, who has had his two best statistical years while in Miami, wants to be paid like a running back who has run for 2,000 yards in two seasons and has been the workhorse of the offense. Bush's requests could put him in the $6-7 million per season range, following his two years at $5 million in Miami. The Dolphins are thought to be looking for a deal between $3-4 million for Bush.
If Bush does hit the open market, several teams are thought to be interested in the
2005 Heisman Trophy winner running back. The Detroit Lions appear to be the early favorites.