According to Tim Twentyman , the Detroit Lions have signed free agent running back Reggie Bush.
Lions and Reggie Bush have agreed to terms on a 4-year contract. Press conference set for 1:45.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) March 13, 2013
It is reportedly a four-year deal, however, the numbers on his deal have yet to be determined, though it is likely within the $4-6 million range. Yesterday, it was reported that the Azrizona Cardinals, the presumed competition to the Lions for Bush, had dropped out of the running, allowing the Lions to became the clear favorites. The Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins also jumped into consideration.
The Lions have struggled to fill the void left by the departure of running back Jahvid Best. Best brought the Lions a home-run threat, and a player the opposition had to account for in the running game. Best left with a concussion in week six of 2011, leading to the Lions going 9-19 since his injury (including the playoffs), and without a resemblance of explosion in the backfield.
Bush, who is 28, tried to refurbish his reputation as a scat-back by rushing for 1,086 yards in 2011 and 986 yards in 2012, while posting a near career-low in receptions with 35 in 2012. He had 78 receptions in his two seasons for Miami.
With the addition of Bush to the roster, it takes some pressure off wide receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford will now have a viable second check-down option beside tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who caught 83 passes in the Lions 2011 playoff run. On the other hand, Johnson will see less triple coverage, as a safety will have to account for Bush out of the backfield.
For a team thought to have little cap room, the Lions made a big splash picking up the top home-run threat available at running back.