Despite earning a Super Bowl ring with the team and his adamant pleas that he wants to stay in New Orleans, Reggie Bush may have played his final game in a Saints uniform in last weekend’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Bush is scheduled to make $11.8 million in 2011, which is far too much for a mult-faceted player who doesn’t have a natural position. With as many as 28 players on the Saints roster scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency (pending a possible lockout) Bush will have to restructure his deal if he wants to stay in New Orleans.
Again, Bush apparently really wants to stay in New Orleans: “Like I’ve said for a long time: I want to be here, this is where I want to be. I love the organization here, the city, the fans and hopefully they’ll keep me here.”
Last year there were plenty of rumors that Bush was on the trading block, but nothing came of them. This year it would seem impossible for the Saints to move such a huge contract via trade, but if Bush agreed to restructure his deal with his new team before a trade actually happened, then something could probably get done.
Bush only had 150 yards rushing this season on 36 carries. He also caught 34 passes for 208 yards. He had a total of one touchdown.
While he’s shown flashes of brilliance, those have been few and far between. It’s entirely possible that he just doesn’t fit into what the Saints are trying to do and at this point you’ve got to wonder if they should try shifting him to wide receiver full-time. The type of power running game the Saints employ doesn’t get Bush into space enough for him to make plays.
The five-year veteran has played in 16 games in just one season (his rookie year), has never rushed for more than 581 yards and has a total of just 29 touchdowns in those five years. His reception totals have also dropped in each season after catching 88 passes during his rookie year.
This situation should play itself out fairly quickly after the Super Bowl.