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NFL: Reggie Bush agrees to contract with Detroit Lions

March 13, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Reggie Bush has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Detroit Lions.
Reggie Bush has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Detroit Lions. (Robert Duyos / South Florida…)

The Reggie Bush rumors appear to be coming to an end, as ESPN is reporting that the free-agent running back has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Detroit Lions.

[Updated at 1:08 p.m.: Bush was introduced as a member of the Lions at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Terms of his contract were not disclosed.]

Reports earlier Wednesday had the Lions as a leading contender for Bush's services, after the former USC star visited Detroit on Tuesday and was said to have left with an offer to become the team's full-time running back.

It's a role that Bush blossomed in during the last two seasons in Miami, rushing for 2,072 yards and 12 touchdowns, as opposed to the part-time specialty player he was during the first five years of his pro career with the New Orleans Saints.

Still, Bush was expected to visit several other teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals. Of those teams, the Cardinals were the only ones who would probably make him an every-down back, but they have serious issues at quarterback (as opposed to the Lions, who are set with Matthew Stafford).

Bush, who also has 2,730 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches in his career, should complement Mikel Leshoure, who led the Lions last season with 798 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.

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