It seems everyone around the league believes the Detroit Lions will sign free agent running back Reggie Bush. Just because free agency is now officially open doesn’t mean Lions fans should expect news that a deal is done tonight.
Adam Schefter appeared on ESPN as the clock struck 4 p.m., officially opening free agency, and said that Bush is in the process of scheduling a visit with the Lions. Although the Lions are getting a chance to meet with him first, Schefter indicated that Bush may also meet with the Bengals and Cardinals. It is possible the list of potential suitors will be even longer by the time this finally plays out.
While there isn’t any indication that the Lions shouldn’t still be considered the leaders for Bush’s services, there also isn’t any indication that there will be a quick resolution.
Bush’s representatives are reportedly already fielding offers for more than $3 million per year. He made $4.5 million last year and pre-free agency speculation had Bush’s next deal potentially in the neighborhood of $5 million per year. With a market already forming, it will be interesting to see how strong the Lions begin the courting process, especially if they feel the need to get a deal done before he leaves town.