Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that the New Orleans Saints gave RB Reggie Bush permission to talk with any prospective teams that may have interest in signing him.
“Bush and agent Joel Segal were told that a number of teams would be interested in paying him handsomely, or at least more than the Saints have apparently been willing to offer at this point,” Cole writes. “The expectation from Bush, according to the sources, is that he will be playing for another team next season.”
New Orleans traded back into the first-round and took RB Mark Ingram with the No. 28 overall pick. The addition of Ingram to the teams backfield leaves very little room for Bush considering that they’ll have to find additional carries for Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory.
Bush’s 2011 salary is set at a staggering $11.8 million. Both Bush and the Saints have said that they would be willing to renegotiate his current deal but that optimism seems to be diminishing.
As for possible teams that could have interest, Cole’s sources list the Dolphins, Steelers, Seahawks, and Giants.
The Steelers are the most interesting team of the ones mentioned by Cole’s source. Pairing Bush with a downhill running back like Rashard Mendenhall would give them a dynamic backfield as long as they remain healthy.
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