Reggie Bush is hoping to play in the NFL this season, but his opportunity will not come with the team that drafted him. In an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show today, Saints coach Sean Payton said that New Orleans is an unlikely landing spot for the veteran.
“I don’t know if our roster is going to allow for that right now,” Payton said (via Christopher Dabe of NOLA.com), citing the team’s present depth at the position.
As shown on the Saints’ Roster Resource page, the team already has Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller, Tim Hightower, and Travaris Cadet at running back along with rookie Daniel Lasco and 2015 seventh-rounder Marcus Murphy. Recently, Bush said that he received interest from two teams this offseason, but we now know that the Saints were not among those teams to reach out. However, Payton did confirm that the Saints had interest in Bush prior to the 2015 season.
Bush, 31, spent the first five seasons of his 10-year career with the Saints. The former No. 2 overall pick in the draft went on to also play two seasons for the Dolphins, two with the Lions, and one with the 49ers. Of course, that 49ers season ended early when Bush tore his left ACL on the concrete at the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis. Now, Bush finds himself seeking employment after an unremarkable five-game showing and at an advanced age for a running back.
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