To this point, the entirety of my Rumors and Rants career has consisted of rants. (And two link dumps). But now that I’ve become privy to some information that people actually might care about, I am proud to present you with my first rumor.
A legitimate dude who has a close relative in the Saints front office told me that the team is trying to shop Reggie Bush to the Seahawks for both of Seattle’s first round picks — in this case, Nos. 6 and 14 in the upcoming draft. (The Bush-to-Seattle rumor has been floating around in some corners since the offseason got underway, but this would seem to give it legs of some sort).
Of course, that is a ridiculously steep asking price for a guy who has proven himself to be a dangerous-though-not always-reliable weapon. But the art of negotiation is dictated on asking for more than you’d ever expect to get, so that’s no surprise. If some kind of a deal were to eventually be worked out, it might make sense for all involved parties.
The Saints pay Reggie Bush way too much money. He will earn $8 million next year, which is a lot of scratch for a dude who had five touchdowns this season. Furthermore, shaking things up after winning the Super Bowl isn’t a bad idea. I don’t know if there has been a team since the ’85 Bears that has created more euphoria with a Super Bowl run, and that can easily lead to resting on ones laurels. Making a major move keeps everyone on their toes.
The Seahawks are in dire need of some kind of running back. Right now the depth chart lists Julius Jones, Justin Forsett and Louis Rankin as the backs. I think they could bring back Chris Warren or Ricky Watters and get a bigger impact.
The biggest x-factor, of course, is Pete Carroll. Carroll coached Bush at USC and a reunion would certainly be embraced by both sides.
Saints GM Mickey Loomis has already announced that Bush will be back next season, which would seemingly put all this to rest. But general managers have been known to say one thing and do another in the past, and they surely will in the future. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this one.