Saints, Dolphins agree to terms on Reggie Bush trade

Doug Farrar

It's been a long day for transactions, but things are going late into the evening in the craziest week we can remember … and according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins have agreed to the terms of a major trade — the Saints have agreed to send running back Reggie Bush to the Dolphins.

Glazer reports that Joel Segal, Bush's agent, was negotiating into the night with both teams, and engineered an agreement contingent on Bush agreeing to sign a new contract with Miami instead of staying with the Saints at a reduced rate. On Thursday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Reggie Bush agreed to a two-year deal with the Dolphins, which makes the trade a done deal.

Bush will help the Dolphins with its need for a running game in what is most likely their post-Ronnie Brown/Ricky Williams era. There would still be a need for a bigger back, which could put the Dolphins in line to take a look at Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber, who will be released this week. Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano are very familiar with Barber from their time with the Bill Parcells-era Cowboys from 2003 through 2006; Barber was selected in the fourth round of the 2005 draft.

As for Bush, his career has been a checkered one. His stats have been unimpressive on their face for such a high draft pick (second overall in the 2006 draft) — just 2,090 yards rushing on 524 carries and 294 catches for 2,142 yards.

However, Bush does provide great schematic value in ways that don't show up on stat sheets — he forces defenses to adjust with his speed and versatility, and the Dolphins are looking to break out of the doldrums on offense. Bush might also be playing with quarterback Kyle Orton, whom the Dolphins are talking about acquiring in a trade with the Denver Broncos.