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The next cut in New Orleans may be Bush

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08:06 AM ET 02.23 | After Tuesday's release of Jeremy Shockey, who's next? If you're thinking the answer is Reggie Bush, you might be right. And you might be wrong. This one is going to be a very tough call and I'm glad I don't have to make it. Coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis will have to make the decision and let's take a glance at some of the numbers they'll be looking at. Bush is scheduled to make $11.8 million in base salary in the final season of his contract. More importantly, he's scheduled to have a $16 million cap figure. Assuming a labor deal gets done and there is a salary cap, there's no way Bush will play at that figure.

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February 23, 2011  08:15 AM ET

Bush helps the offense more than his numbers show, because when he's on the field the defense has to account for him on every snap or face getting burned. Nonetheless, he's just not worth that kind of cap hit for the role he plays. Restructure or release.

February 23, 2011  08:16 AM ET

That's an interesting headline.

February 23, 2011  08:16 AM ET

If he could only stay healthy for a whole season, this might not be an issue.

February 23, 2011  08:22 AM ET

He still makes less than he did in college.

February 23, 2011  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He still makes less than he did in college.

Vary,vary,vary NICE!

February 23, 2011  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He still makes less than he did in college.

I certainly don't hold that against him.

February 23, 2011  08:37 AM ET

Good morning Otis!

February 23, 2011  08:46 AM ET

He is not the same since Kim cut him first.

February 23, 2011  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He is not the same since Kim cut him first.

"Kim, I love your rack."

February 23, 2011  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He still makes less than he did in college.

SNAP!

February 23, 2011  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

"Kim, I love your rack."

This is a Bush story...not racks. Get your head in the right zone man.

February 23, 2011  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He still makes less than he did in college.

Nice!

Only Pete Carroll knows for sure.

February 23, 2011  09:07 AM ET

more proof that there needs to be a 2 to 3 year Rookie Salary limitation...let these guys prove they are worth the big money before paying them the big money.

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February 23, 2011  09:23 AM ET

I never have liked Shockey, glad he is gone.

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February 23, 2011  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If he could only stay healthy for a whole season, this might not be an issue.

That's true.

February 23, 2011  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#25):

Yep - Shockey does that - but he is still a darn good TE. Don't like him - but he plays well - reminds me of Bavaro

He won't be out of work long.

February 23, 2011  09:40 AM ET

Way overrated. Cut him

 
February 23, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

more proof that there needs to be a 2 to 3 year Rookie Salary limitation...let these guys prove they are worth the big money before paying them the big money.

Only a very few rookies make the big bucks. VERY few. Second rounders get in the 450K rang, after that less and less. If they see it at all. Guaranteed money is all they are sure of and average career ( if you make it ) is a little under four years. Most times not even enough to qualify for pension from league of any kind.
Look deeper. Past the big names.

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