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Reggie Bush Hints He’s Done in New Orleans, As Saints Trade Up to Draft Mark Ingram

By |2018-11-10T15:32:24+00:00April 28th, 2011|9 Comments

Is the Reggie Bush era done in New Orleans?

The former USC standout and running back with the New Orleans Saints seems to think so, as he hinted on his Twitter account Thursday night.


The tweet came out just after the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft was complete.  A few picks prior to Green Bay’s final pick of the first round, the Saints traded up to the 28th spot (previously owned by the New England Patriots).  New Orleans selected former Heisman Trophy winner and Alabama star Mark Ingram.

Ingram, who rushed for 42 touchdowns over three seasons with the Crimson Tide, was rumored to be the only running back to be selected in the first round.  By the end of the day, he was just that.

So, what’s next for Reggie Bush?  Only time will tell.  It will be interesting to see if the aforementioned goodbye tweet remains on his account throughout the rest of the night.

Last week, Sean Payton told The Times-Picayune that he wanted Bush to return to the Saints next season.  In order for that to happen, a new deal would need to be in the works.  At this point, that appears to be unlikely.

If Bush heads for another organization, it will be interesting to see which teams will show interest in the talented, but often-injured star.  Certainly, former USC head coach Pete Carroll is in Seattle, and could be an option.  There are certainly other teams that need help at the running back position.  The Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots all come to mind.


Have we seen the last of Reggie Bush in New Orleans? Reggie seems to think so…

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  1. admin May 2, 2011 at 1:52 PM


    Exactly, and I had mentioned Mario on my original draft of this post, but it was off topic, so I chopped it off. Now, if Watt pans out, it will be tougher for opponents, and certain teams will no longer be able to double up on Mario either…

  2. admin May 2, 2011 at 1:51 PM


    Fair enough, but it’s also hard to fault a guy for really pushing himself on the field. The acrobatic plays and hard dives can obviously cause additional wear and tear on a particular frame, but still…

  3. Chris Humpherys May 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Where are all those who were cracking on that Mario Williams draft pick now?

  4. admin April 29, 2011 at 6:18 PM


    He still could stay… Sean Payton earlier this evening on camera again saying that he wants him to stay – so who knows. Stay tuned.

  5. admin April 29, 2011 at 6:17 PM


    Well, the injuries have made him a shadow of himself, IMO. Bigger guys, more speed and bigger hits lead to more injury time when you’re a guy of his size. I think if those contract numbers came down some, there would be a lot of teams out there that would welcome him with open arms.

  6. admin April 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM


    The Eagles are an interesting option – yeah I could see him being a solid complimentary back to that offense. Imagine the talent and the speed on that offense if he did wind up there – wow…

    I did just hear Sean Payton on ESPN reiterate that he still wants Bush back and was talking to him this morning… still, all comes down to contract, etc.

    Thanks for dropping by, hope to see you again in the future.

  7. chappy81 April 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Didn’t see this tweet. Interesting Reggie is already saying his goodbyes maybe he wants to move on as well… Even though the Eagles have McCoy, I think Bush might be a good fit there since they run a ton of screens…

  8. admin April 29, 2011 at 8:04 AM


    Imagine if Bush could stay healthy? That’s been the biggest issue with him. The explosiveness and talent is most certainly there, and I still think he can be a productive player – just not the headlining back on a team.

    Thanks for dropping by… hope to see you again in the future.

  9. admin April 29, 2011 at 8:02 AM


    I still think he can add significant value to a team in the NFL, no matter what his past status is. Obviously, the injuries are what hold him back, and I don’t think he’s a marquee back going forward, but adding him as a supplemental guy and a special teams player… I would do that depending on the price tag, which will likely scare a lot of teams off.

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