The Detroit Lions have released running back Reggie Bush according to a report from Adam Schefter. The Lions hinted last week that Bush's status with the team was not set for the 2015 season, and now he is a free agent.
According to SB Nation's Pride of Detroit, the former Miami Dolphins starting running back is no longer a member of the Lions for "two big reasons."
The move saves them slightly more than $1.7 million in cap space for 2015. They could actually increase that savings to $3.5 million by designating Bush a June 1 cut, but they wouldn't actually see that extra space until June 1...The other big reason behind this decision is that Bush's play no longer matched his contract, which was set to pay him $3.25 million this year and $3.75 million next year. It wasn't just a matter of needing to create cap space; Bush simply was no longer worth the deal he signed in 2013.
Bush spenty two seasons with the Lions, totalling 299 carries for 1,303 yards and six touchdowns, along with 94 receptions for 759 yards and three touchdowns. The two seasons prior to that, Bush spent with the Dolphins, rushing for 2,072 yards on 443 carries with 12 touchdowns, and recording 78 receptions for 588 yards and three touchdowns. He eclipsed the 1,000 yard plateau for the first time in his career as a member of the Dolphins, hitting 1,086 yards on 2011. He again reached the milestone in 2013 with the Lions, finishing with 1,006 yards on the year.
Bush was the second overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played five years with the Saints. He was a fan favorite when he was in Miami, constantly stay late after practice to continue his workout and sign autographs for fans.
Bush can immediately sign with any NFL franchise.
For more on the Lions releasing Bush, check out Pride of Detroit.