The Miami Dolphins saw starting running back Reggie Bush head north today, signing as a free agent with the Detroit Lions. The Dolphins had repeatedly said they would like to have their leading rusher the last two seasons back for the 2013 year, but they were looking for him at their price - thought to be around $3.5 million per year.
Instead, he signed a four year deal with the Lions, worth $16 million. He will count as a $2 million salary cap number this year.
The Dolphins likely could have matched that number, and may have even considered doing it. However, the Lions gave Bush something the Dolphins wouldn't - the starting running back position.
Ironically, that's what made Bush want to come to Miami when the Saints traded him to the Dolphins in 2011. After spending five years with the Saints, Bush wanted a chance to prove he could be a starting, feature back in the NFL, and the Dolphins were willing to do that. Bush rewarded Miami with the best two years of his career, running for 1,086 yards on 216 carries in 2011, then 986 yards on 227 carries last year. He scored six times on the ground in both years.
The Dolphins are excited about last year's fourth round draft pick Lamar Miller, who will likely go into training camp as the starter. Third year running back Daniel Thomas will compete for the job as well.
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