Thus far, Lions 101 has stayed away from such speculation, but now. we'll add our name to the list of such well respected entities and people as the Detroit Free Press and Peter King. Given his status as a free agent running back and the Lions' great need for speed at the position, adding Bush would make great sense.
Yet, it's still been fascinating to watch the media's early obsession with this potential move. Free agency is still well over three weeks away, and the Lions haven't even figured out their own salary cap situation completely as of yet. Who's to say the plan isn't to add a runner in the draft or some way else?
While Bush makes plenty of sense, adding him to the mix isn't the end all, be all for the Lions. Many mock drafts still have Detroit targeting a runner beginning with the second round. Names from Eddie Lacy to Kenjon Barner have come up. With regard to free agency, Shonn Green and Felix Jones are two other names available, and would provide Detroit with the elements of youth and speed they covet in a running mate for Mikel Leshoure.
Given Bush's big name and solid potential for impact, nobody should disagree with his addition if it should happen. With the news cycle the way it is, though, it's funny many have basically taken the liberty of penciling his name in the Lions' opening day roster for 2013. Plenty can happen between now and March 9 in Detroit. Of course, others will be angling to add a runner like Bush as well. Many of those teams could even posses more money than the Lions to offer and spend.
So, think of this as your mid-February reality check. Don't fall in love with Bush just yet until his name is signed on a dotted line and other variables are figured out. There are plenty of other dominos that need to fall in the weeks ahead before the former Heisman Trophy winner even considers lining up in Detroit's backfield prior to next season.
Until then, the media might try and will this signing to happen sooner, but remember, they cannot.
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