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From the Bird’s Nest: Saints Come out Fine in Bush Deal

The Saints have traded Reggie Bush.

And, that’s going to be a good thing.

There was never a question something had to give.  Bush’s contract for 2011 was simply too much for the Saints to pay.  Everyone knew that.

New Orleans could have made Bush an offer.  But it wasn’t going to be for the kind of money he could make elsewhere.  Bush might have settled for a little less to stay in New Orleans, but in reality, the Saints weren’t coming close to what he’s going to make in Miami.

So, a trade had to be worked out.  And, the Saints weren’t going to get fair market value for the former #2 overall pick in the NFL draft.

The Saints will get a future (low) draft pick along with second year safety Jonathan Amaya.  Amaya is a very good special teams player and will help the Saints in that regard.

But the Saints also accomplished something else by trading him.  THEY got to decide where he was going to play.  Tampa was interested and obviously, the Saints didn’t want him there.  Instead he’s in the AFC and the Saints won’t be seeing him much, if at all, in the future.

And that’s a good thing.

Say what you want about Bush and his perceived lack of production.  I’ll agree that he wasn’t worth the big contract dollars, but I won’t criticize the Saints for spending that money.  No one, and I mean no one criticized New Orleans on draft day.  In fact, everyone rejoiced.  But when Bush was healthy he was still one of the NFL’s most electrifying players.  Bush didn’t put up big yardage but he made defenses wary, to the point where the Saints were able to get things done offensively without Bush even touching the ball.

It will be interesting to see how Bush fits in with the Dolphins.  But either way, New Orleans will come out ahead in this deal.

But before all you Saints fans badmouth the guy and act like he wasn’t a good player for the Saints, remember how Bush embraced New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Remember his willingness to be a part of the community and give back to the city that embraced him.

Oh, and he has a Super Bowl Ring.

LeBron James can’t say that.

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