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Reggie Bush faces tough free-agent market

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10:44 AM ET 01.12 | Reggie Bush wants to be back. The Dolphins want him back. But nervous Dolphins fans should prepare themselves for this reality: Bush probably won't be back before seeing if a better deal is out there. Here's why: After signing a two-year, $9.75 million contract in 2011, Bush had his two most productive seasons as a pro. So in his mind, the last deal represents the floor for his next. Why would Bush willingly take a pay cut when he has exceeded expectations? But basic economics are working against him. Bush's $4.5 million base salary last year was eighth-most among running backs, but he finished 17th in the league in rushing (986 yards). Why would the Dolphins rush to pay him more than they believe he's worth?

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January 12, 2013  10:53 AM ET

fans are supposed to be loyal but pro athletes are about the money.

January 12, 2013  10:55 AM ET

reggie will nevr b able to carry tha load on his own and is injury prone to boot

January 12, 2013  10:58 AM ET

IMO, Reggie would be a good fit with the Rams. Reggie can still catch the ball out of the backfield and go one on one with a linebacker.

January 12, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

fans are supposed to be loyal but pro athletes are about the money.

LOL, that is where the "pro athetes" get their money, from the fans!!!! If you don't like it, then do as I do and don't go to the games.

January 12, 2013  11:03 AM ET

Sounds like a little bit of a denial issue. He doesn't seem to get that he was overpaid based on what was probably an overly rosy analysis of his potential, which he hasn't lived up to. The stat in the article (8th highest base salary for the 17th best back) says it all.

January 12, 2013  11:04 AM ET

Basic economics doesn't always dictate player salaries...

January 12, 2013  11:27 AM ET

Your previous contract does not have any significance toward your value at the present. The only relevant piece of information in that excerpt are that Bush had his best season and finished 17th in the league in rushing; that, more than anything else, should determine his market value.

January 12, 2013  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

fans are supposed to be loyal but pro athletes are about the money.

Of course, it's a business.

January 12, 2013  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

LOL, that is where the "pro athetes" get their money, from the fans!!!! If you don't like it, then do as I do and don't go to the games.

I'm sure they don't miss you. lol

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January 12, 2013  11:39 AM ET
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Dallas bound is what I hear

Jerry likes overrated big name players.

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January 12, 2013  11:45 AM ET
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I would also factor in his reception yards and any special teams' play stats.He's would be a great utility slot receiver, rushing and receiving back player for a good team.Watch NE snap him up.

To play an extended Kevin Faulk role. Not at the money he's asking for

January 12, 2013  11:47 AM ET
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Dallas bound is what I hear

Nope. $20M over the cap and need to sign Spencer.

I agree with OT - Rams would be a damn good spot for him to land.

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January 12, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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sssshhhhhhhdon't spoil it :)

OK. I'll leave now.

January 12, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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I would also factor in his reception yards and any special teams' play stats.He's would be a great utility slot receiver, rushing and receiving back player for a good team.Watch NE snap him up.

The reason I said Reggie would fit in with the Rams, is because IMO, he could be a Marshall Faulk type of player. I'm not saying he could be as good as Marshall was, but the Rams could use Reggie as "utility slot receiver, rushing and receiving back player"!!! Reggie had 88 receptions as a rookie in 2006 and 73 reception in 2007 with the Saints.

January 12, 2013  12:22 PM ET
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Nope. $20M over the cap and need to sign Spencer. I agree with OT - Rams would be a damn good spot for him to land.

I could name many the Lions, Chargers, Cards, Jax, Bengals. Then there are the circuses, Jets Raiders (before you complain black holers it's hard to take them off this list). The Rams only make sense if they are letting Steven Jackson go finish his career with a winner

 
January 12, 2013  12:26 PM ET

Why do they call it the black hole? Cause they like to golf the back nine? Makes sense as if they aren't at games they are probably institutionalized. As they say institutionally gay or just gay for the stay

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