As Rosenthal was writing his post today regarding the connection between Reggie Bush’s most recent social media session and his eventual departure from the Saints, yours genuinely was creating the case in the course of PFT Live for the conclusion that Bush wants out. (Rosenthal claims that his Web connection prevented him from watching today’s PFT Live. We think that, but only if he indicates he chose not to use his Web connection to access today’s PFT Live.)
If Bush desires out, he doesn’t have to do a lot to make it take place. Indeed, he basically wants to do absolutely nothing at all.
With an $ 11.8 million salary that becomes guaranteed as of Week 1 (if the rules relating to termination pay apply in 2011) — or sooner if he suffers a season-ending injury in the course of post-lockout workouts — the Saints will want to push Bush’s situation to a resolution sooner rather than later. The alternatives are easy cut him or trade him. And given that no other team will want to inherit a one-year, $ 11.8 million contract for a glorified third-down tailback and punt returner, no trade can happen without Bush agreeing to a new deal. So if he simply refuses to redo his deal, he won’t be traded.
As mentioned throughout PFT Live, I’m intrigued by the possibility of Bush joining the Rams, where he would add sizzle to the franchise and offer a lot-required relief for workhorse Steven Jackson. Other intriguing possibilities include the Dolphins, Steelers, Colts, Chargers, Giants, Redskins, Bears, Packers, and Vikings. We would have added the Seahawks to the list, but coach Pete Carroll’s failure to defend Bush last year when the USC scenario hit the fan could be an impediment — along with the perception that Seahawks players don’t genuinely register on the national radar screen.
Either way, if Bush has decided he desires out of New Orleans, he doesn’t have to say or do anything to make it happen. He merely needs to do nothing.