When the New Orleans Saints drafted Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark Ingram, Reggie Bush tweeted that he enjoyed his time in New Orleans but it looked like he would be moving on. On Wednesday night, it looks like the Saints granted that wish and will trade the explosive runner.
The Saints claimed they wanted to keep Reggie Bush but their running back group, including Ingram, Bush, Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas looked a little crowded. Someone had to go and, despite his college highlight reel, Bush was the most likely to leave.
Even as close as last week, the Saints claimed they had no desire to get rid of Reggie Bush and claimed he was in their plans.
Fox announced on Wednesday that the Saints were planning a “sign and trade” with Reggie Bush, trading him to Miami. The teams worked out the deal and Bush’s agent was negotiating the contract. This is a great deal for the Saints because they will be able to get compensation for Bush instead of waiting and then losing him, getting nothing in return. The deal was contingent on Bush agreeing to the contract with Miami.
Derrick Ward tweeted around 1:15 a.m. CT on Thursday morning that the trade is complete.
“congrats to my lil bro @reggie_bush going to miami. Ball out boy! see you this season out there and in the off season ha!!!”
Ward plays for the Houston Texans and will face Miami in Week 2 of the season.
What role Bush plays for Miami is still to be determined. The Dolphins main weapons last year were Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Brown is now an unrestricted free agent but it remains possible he will come back to Miami and team in the backfield with Bush. Williams is also a free agent but made some disparaging comments about his head coach and the signing of Bush means his days in Miami is probably over.
Rookie Daniel Thomas was expected to be the starter once Brown and Williams became free agents. Where he fits into this now is something that will be sorted out in training camp. If neither Brown nor Williams return, the 6-0 Thomas might team with the shorter Bush to create a thunder/lightning combination in Miami.
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