Analysis: Releasing Reggie Bush Clears Cap Space, but Creates New Roster Hole Detroit Lions Must Fill

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush returned from a knee injury to scorch the Chicago Bears. (AP Photo)
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush returned from a knee injury to scorch the Chicago Bears. (AP Photo)
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush returned from a knee injury to scorch the Chicago Bears. (AP Photo)

 

(MLive) – Two years ago, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew went looking for a running back with “some juice and some elusiveness” to replace Jahvid Best. The team found its man in Reggie Bush.

On Wednesday, Bush’s up-and-down stint with the Lions came to an end halfway through his four-year contract. The release of the veteran, which many expected, frees up some cap space for Detroit as the organization continues to negotiate a long-term deal with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. It also creates another roster hole.

At the scouting combine last week, Mayhew said he prefers to employ a group of running backs with a diverse skill set, highlighting two types of backs he viewed as critical.

“You’ve got to have a guy that can run between the tackles and you’ve got to have a playmaker who can do something in space,” he said.

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