The Miami Dolphins are considering some major changes during the off-season with owner Stephen M. Ross ready to open his checkbook and the team apparently considering signing a few big-name free agent before next season.
One player that might be left out in the cold as a result of the team looking to reload with new high-priced talent is veteran running back Reggie Bush according to Jason La Confora of CBS Sports:
Reggie Bush’s ability to make explosive plays and contribute on special teams will lead to a nice market forming for him, I’m sure, and it’s highly unlikely he stays with Miami, sources said.
In 16 games during the 2012 NFL regular season, Bush rushed for 986 yards, six touchdowns on 227 carries.
Bush has played well for the Dolphins over past two years after signing with the team back in 2011. Bush’s stint with the New Orleans Saints was considered a disappointment that forced the team to draft Mark Ingram and pass on re-signing the former USC standout.
With the Dolphins willing to make the same move as the Saints a few years ago, Bush will more than likely hit the open market as a free agent in March. There’s no indication of interest in Bush around the league once he officially becomes a free agent, but after a couple of solid seasons in Miami, the veteran’s value has increased and Bush should sign with another team with relative ease for a one or two year deal.
Along with Dolphins letting Bush go elsewhere, Miami will likely target wide receivers in free agency. Two potential free agents that may end up in Miami are Greg Jennings and Dwayne Bowe.
The Dolphins’ front office wants to surround quarterback Ryan Tannehill with talent to jumpstart the offense next season.
Another decision the Dolphins must make a decision on is left tackle Jake Long. With Long demanding $10 million annually, Miami may also pass on Long as well as Bush.