The Detroit Lions have landed their man. According to Tim Twentyman, the Lions have agreed to a deal with free-agent running back Reggie Bush. He was at the Lions' facility on Wednesday to visit the team, and the visit apparently sealed the deal for both sides.
The Lions have been connected to Bush for the last couple months because of their need to replace Jahvid Best. The Lions lacked a home-run threat out of the backfield last season with Best not being cleared to return from his latest concussion, and the offense suffered as a result. That's why the Lions made signing Bush a priority as soon as NFL free agency began on Tuesday.
Bush joins the Lions after spending the last two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He spent the first five seasons of his career with the New Orleans Saints after being drafted second overall back in 2006. He won a Super Bowl with the Saints, but he really took his career to another level in Miami. Here's a look at his numbers with the Dolphins:
2011: 15 games (15 starts) | 216 carries, 1,086 yards, 6 TD | 43 receptions, 296 yards, 1 TD
2012: 16 games (16 starts) | 227 carries, 986 yards, 6 TD | 35 receptions, 292 yards, 2 TD
With Bush now in the fold, the Lions have taken care of their major need at running back. The Lions still have a need for help at wide receiver, and the offensive line could potentially use some help as well. However, it seems likely at this point that those needs will be addressed in the 2013 NFL Draft rather than in free agency. The Lions' major splash on offense was signing Bush, and I can't imagine they have any other major moves in store on this side of the ball.
The terms of Bush's deal aren't known at this point, but it will certainly be interesting to see what kind of money he is going to make with the Lions.
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