Nate Burleson makes a free agent plea to Reggie Bush

Posted by ttwentyman on February 18, 2013 – 1:35 pm

Receiver Nate Burleson made it very clear Monday who he’d like to see the Detroit Lions pursue in free agency.

Making an appearance on the NFL Network this morning, Burleson made a personal plea to running back Reggie Bush.

“I’m going to just say this, ‘Reggie Bush, you already took your talents to South Beach, come on to Detroit,’” Burleson said, looking right into the camera. “I know it’s not as sunny, and it might not be the same type of glitz and glamor, but you can do wonders for us.”

The Lions are looking for a running back with some “juice” as general manager Martin Mayhew said after the season. The Lions dearly missed that element in their backfield last season when Jahvid Best (concussion) never got his clearance to return. The Lions are looking to add that element back into their offense this offseason via free agency or the draft if Best isn’t able to return.

“Reggie Bush has proven that he’s still explosive, and me and (Steelers safety Ryan Clark, appeared with Burleson on the NFL Network) talked about it off air. He still has that legend behind him,” Burleson said.

“He came from USC, and everybody knows he can go out there and shake a little bit, wiggle a little bit and break that big run. And for him to put up two 1,000-yard seasons the last couple years proves that he’s still an elite running back. And if I can get Reggie Bush in a Detroit Lions uniform, ooh-wee, watch out.”

Bush turns 28 in March and is one of the top free agent running backs on the market.

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Don’t expect any franchise tag news out of Allen Park

Posted by ttwentyman on February 18, 2013 – 12:49 pm

Monday marks the first day NFL teams can use the franchise tag as a way of preventing players from reaching free agency.

Don’t expect any news out of Allen Park on that front.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew made it clear immediately after the season that he had no plans to use the franchise tag and reiterated that point last week when he spoke to reporters again.

“We’re not going to franchise anybody,” Mayhew said. “It doesn’t make sense for us right now.”

Last year, the Lions placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive end Cliff Avril, which paid him $10.6 million in 2012. The team would have to pay him upwards of $12.6 million, or 120 percent of last year’s salary, if they wished to tag him again.

That isn’t cost effective for a team with so many other needs and unrestricted free agents on the roster.

There was a time this season when safety Louis Delmas seemed like a candidate for the franchise tag – especially since the franchise amount for the safety position (approximately $6.8 million) is the third-lowest next to kickers/punters and tight ends – but injury concerns have probably decreased his value on the open market and the Lions will try to sign him for a much lower annual amount.

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