The final hurdle to a trade between the Saints and Dolphins was cleared when running back Reggie Bush reached agreement with Miami on a new two-year contract, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter Thursday.
New Orleans and Miami had agreed to a trade if and when Bush agreed to a new deal. The Dolphins and Joel Segal, Bush’s agent, worked into the early-morning hours to produce the needed agreement. Bush will fly to Miami at some point and sign his new contract to make the trade official.
Bush’s contract is worth $10 million, a source told ESPN’s Andrew Brandt.
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The Saints will acquire safety Jonathon Amaya from Miami as part of the deal, a source said. Amaya played 10 games as a backup for the Dolphins as a rookie last season.
While Bush has been paid handsomely since signing his six-year rookie contract worth up to $62 million, his pro career has never reached the heights he and many fans expected when he was selected second overall in the 2006 draft.
Bush has had his share of highlight-reel touchdowns on punt returns, receptions and runs, but has never been to a Pro Bowl or even rushed for as much as 600 yards in a season.
Last season he missed eight games, and during the other eight games was used as a role player, with only 36 carries for 150 yards and just 34 receptions for 208 yards.
But the Dolphins want to get faster on offense, and Bush would upgrade a team that ranked third-worst in the NFL in scoring last year. Miami’s first training camp practice will be Friday.
Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, ESPN business analyst Andrew Brandt and The Associated Press was included in this report.