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Free agency focus: What to do with RB Reggie Bush

Unrestricted free agency opens in the NFL with the start of the new league year on March 9. With 22 players set to hit the open market, the Buffalo Bills have plenty decisions to make between now and then. The Buffalo News will take a look at each player with an expiring contract, and offer a verdict on what the team should do. Next up is Reggie Bush.

Position: Running back. Age: 31. 2016 stats: 13 games, 12 carries, minus-3 yards, one touchdown seven catches, 90 yards.

Working in his favor: He's revered by his teammates. That's about the best case that can be made. Despite a difficult season, to put it mildly, Bush was an absolute pro in the locker room who is looked up to by those around him. He played some wide receiver when asked, and showed a flash here and there of the explosive player he used to be.
Working against him: That stat line. To finish with negative rushing yards for the season is embarrassing no matter how you look at it (why didn't interim coach Anthony Lynn give Bush a few more carries in a meaningless, blowout loss to the Jets in the season finale so that Bush didn't have to deal with this, by the way?). Signed to be the team's primary kick and punt returner, Bush lost that job when the team claimed Brandon Tate.

Verdict: This is an easy call – there is no reason to bring Bush back. Running back is a young man's position, and he's on the wrong side of 30. It's surprising the team kept him on the 53-man roster the entire year. The Bills can find a younger, cheaper option to serve as their third running back, and may even have that player on the roster in second-year Jonathan Williams. Bush's NFL days are likely done.

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