ESPN Reggie Bush is set to return to California. The San Diego native and former USC star running back has reached agreement with the San Francisco 49ers, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Saturday. The Detroit Lions released Bush in February, saving $1.7 million in salary cap space. Bush, who turned 30 on March 2, signed a four-year deal with the Lions in 2013 and was a 1,000-yard rusher for Detroit in his first season with the club. Bush couldn’t stay healthy in 2014, though, dealing with a lingering ankle injury that started in Week 5 against Buffalo and never completely healed. He played in 11 games last season with only 76 carries for 297 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 40 receptions for 253 yards. Bush continually tried to come back throughout the season but kept getting reinjured.
I have heard the rumors that Reggie Bush and the San Francisco 49ers had mutual interest, and the fit never made a lot of sense to me, but I was not surprised when they finalized a deal. Reggie Bush will be fine in San Francisco, as long as they realize what he is at this point in his career, a third down back who can line up in the slot and is good for 6-8 touches per game. If Carlos Hyde were to go down, and the 49ers tried to make Reggie Bush an every down back, it would be a disaster. If he’s use correctly, and his touches are limited, Reggie Bush can have a positive impact on this football team.