Reggie Bush was ready to start his career with the Bills after signing a one-year contract loaded with incentives that could add up to $3 million. The short-team deal was a low-risk move for an organization that was desperate for a return man and needed depth at running back.
But was it the right one? Bush ultimately will make that determination, but it’s difficult to fathom that they couldn’t find a better option for less money. Some believe the decision was made based on risk vs. reward, but it should have come down to simple supply vs. demand.
Running backs with NFL talent are in abundance, which is why few teams spend big money on them. Knowing the Bills’ affinity for superstars, Bush’s signing makes you wonder if they were enamored with his name before examining his game.
Bush, 31, has returned two punts in the last five seasons and only one kickoff in his career. Last year, he rushed for 28 yards in five games before a season-ending knee injury. Buffalo is his fifth team in seven years. It doesn’t add up.