By Eric Schmidt

Will the Miami Dolphins re-sign veteran RB Reggie Bush next season? The Miami Herald suggests that the Dolphins have rejuvenated their interest in the USC product but will not be willing to overpay for his services next year and beyond. This is a sound and prudent business decision by the Miami organization.

Reggie Bush has reinvigorated his career after coming to the Miami Dolphins. He recorded the first 1,000 yard season of his career last year and is on the cusp on doing the same this season with just 40 more yards needed to reach the plateau.  He is a productive player, but not one the Dolphins should overpay for. Running back has become the most easily replaceable position on the field in recent years. Armando Salguero of the Herald reports that general manager Jeff Ireland will only keep Bush at their price.

Bush is a free agent after this season, but what he will have to weigh is the fact that he is going to turn 28 in the offseason and there has been littler interest in handing out big money around the league to a running back that close to the age of 30. Bush might want one more large payday, but in reality, the market might bear something else entirely for Bush next season.

If Bush does depart via free agency, the Dolphins have a young talent on their roster that they can simply plug in and go, RB Lamar Miller. Miller is a speedy back that posted a 5.2 yards per carry average this season in limited action. In his first extended action of the season last week, Miller ran for 73 yards on 10 carries. In 2011 at the University of Miami, Miller ran for 1,272 yards for a 5.6 yards per carry average, scoring nine touchdowns.Miami obviously feels comfortable with Miller’s ability to replace Bush next season.

If a team is willing to overpay for Bush, he’ll be somewhere else next season. If he finds the market for his services to be soft, he might very well be wearing orange and teal again next season.

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  1. avatar Dareck

    In the cold cold world of professional sports, there was a systematic goal to not give the major majorities of carries to reggie bush so that they can justify not paying him next year. Miller and thomas wont be able to command top dollar for at least another 3 years, so will hartline and the other recievers. So splittung carries on bush saves them money on the bottom line. What do you mean overpay? Thats ridiculas, the guy is the hardest working on the team, a very professional team first attitude, a leader, all the intangibles, and philin benches him for a fumble, when hartline fumbled and remained in the game, bush didnt sulk,mor cry, but remained professional, he should actually be rewarded for being the best “company guy” on that team, and for being its most dynamic player who actually ” excites” the fan base which means, seats-ticket sales. Pay him fair adequate market value in comparison to his stats and intangibles, but dont pay him disrespectfully.

     

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