Reggie Bush hopes to finish career in Detroit

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

It remains to be seen just how many more years he has left in the NFL, but Reggie Bush is hoping to retire as a member of the Detroit Lions.

Since entering the NFL in 2006, running back Reggie Bush has played for three teams: the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions. Bush just joined the Lions in 2013, and he's only entering the second season of his four-year deal with Detroit.

With three seasons left on his deal, Bush is set to be with the Lions through 2016. Back in January, Bush indicated that he'd like to play for at least five more years, but it obviously remains to be seen if that will happen. In any case, Bush is hoping that when his career does come to an end, he will get to retire as a member of the Lions. From Pro Football Talk:

"I want to stay here, I want to retire here and I’d love to retire as a Detroit Lion," Bush told Erik Kuselias of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  "I don’t want to bounce around from city to city, from team to team.  I think I have something good going here, have been really getting to know the city over the past year and just really looking forward to bringing a championship here someday and making history."

It's worth noting that Nate Burleson had similar hopes about retiring as a Lion, but he was released by the team this offseason and is now with the Cleveland Browns. Granted, Burleson will be 33 years old in August and Bush just turned 29 in March, but things can change quickly in the NFL, especially for running backs. With a new offensive system (like the one he had in New Orleans) and the emergence of Joique Bell, there's no guarantee that Bush will even finish out this contract, let alone conclude his career in Detroit.

On the flip side, Bush is coming off an outstanding season. He rushed for 1,006 yards and gained another 506 yards through the air in only 14 games in 2013. A big part of the Lions offense is having multiple guys who can beat opposing defenses, and Bush adds a threat out of the backfield and even in the slot. If he can keep the injuries to a minimum and continue to produce at a high level, perhaps Bush will actually have a chance to someday retire as a Lion.

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