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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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25 Responses to “Nate Burleson makes a free agent plea to Reggie Bush”

  1. By Rick on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    The Lions should be more concerned about finding physical offensive linemen that can block and really control the line of scrimmage rather than always putting the cart before the horse.

  2. By Bernie on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    “The Lions should be more concerned about finding physical offensive linemen that can block and really control the line of scrimmage rather than always putting the cart before the horse.”
    So what you are saying Rick is if the opportunity to pick him up presents itself, we should pass because we need a better line?
    Best is broken and the fill ins aren’t any better. If the Lions could pick up a quality back then they should pursue them.

  3. By yooper60 on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    I like the idea too, but I think he will command more money than the Lions SHOULD spend. As long as you don’t over-pay for him, Then Welcome! However, this team has WAY more pressing needs on Defense. Just this 40+ year fan’s opinion.

  4. By ghost on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    If Nate thinks Reggie is the real deal the Lions should send Nate and two other lions to his home by private jet to smooze him into sighing up. Nate is not saying do this first, just do it but yeah, as Rick states, work on the offensive line and we need a beefed up secondary. There are a lot of pieces of the puzzle to find and put in along with disipline and polish.

    Watching the playoffs suggests those teams have a certain polish, a smooth speed and accuracy we have not achieved yet. And I see we have the second toughest schedule this season. Brother.

  5. By ArBee on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    Yes we need help in other spots but Reggie running the ball would give Stafford’s arm a break and something other than Megatron for opposition defences to keep an eye on.

  6. By Oldcat on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    I disagree. Bush isn’t as special as Nate makes him out to be. He’s just not the homerun threat every time he touches the ball. And his effort throughout games is inconsistent. The Lions could do better for less money.

  7. By Black Wolf Standing on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    @Oldcat: Then the option is not to pursue any RB? Just stand pat with Leshoure and Bell? Not many RB’s in free agency and Bush looks to be the best. Our first round and second round picks are pretty set. So the options become Bush or a late round pick for RB.

    @Rick: We need a third RB. Best is probably going to retire or be forced out of the Lions camp. And I think the Lions should take it out of the Doctor’s hands and just release Best. Just because we need to rebuild our offensive line line does not mean we can do two things at once and get a quality third RB in Bush.

    I think the Lions need to keep their eyes open for all possibilities. I know why the Lions picked up that one LB that never proved himself anywhere. They feel that he has potential to fit their system. And could really excel in the Lion’s defensive scheme. Remember: Keep all options open!

  8. By Jason Downie on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    I hope Detroit gets Reggie Bush, man would that make a difference in our game, i hope it all works out, Because detroit needs to win…. With C.Johnson jr on the outside, and Reggie bush in the back field, The lions would be a creditable threat… Good luck guys, Make us Detroitiers Proud once again….

  9. By robodoc9301 on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    What is this “WE” stuff, Nate actually plays professional football for the Lions! I think that his opinon holds more weight than some guys whom never played professional ball.

  10. By eazy on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    the lions need reggie bush the right fit for calvin then the lions will be untouchable starting off i say 8-0

  11. By jerry harty If the refs don,t baby rogers,LIONS ROAR !!! on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    We should get bush we could have drafted him if we didn,t make that last second game winning field goal againtst the saints,that didn,t matter at the time ,but did change the drafdt order ,never forget it ,typicall detroit

  12. By rockbo1955 on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    we need Dee millner despite what twenty man says he is not a shutdown corner well why is it That si in there mock draft have us taken Dee williams because they said he is a shut down corner and the best rb is the kid from unc his is really fast and only needs a seam and he is gone bush is not what you want another old player that not worth the money i would trade leshore and say good bye to best , Bell has the best stats of al;l running backs last year and leshore is to timid and looks lost out there bad draft player fisher looks to be the best DE within our grasp!

  13. By Brandon on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    Lets bring him in. We need him to complete the offense with a couple more lineman. Levitre from Buffalo or even jake Long from UM/Miami Dolphins to replace Backus or Cherilus.We definitely need help on defense with CB and D-line. The 3-4 defense is looking better if we lose Avril. Hell, let W. Young and LoJack play outside LB with Tulloch and Durant inside. Drafting Jarvis Jones or Ghost girlfriend Teo could help the 3-4 scheme.

  14. By LionHeart on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    I like Barner from Oregon in the draft for Detroit, but Bush is the real deal. He faced a lot of cruddy boxes last year because Miami has few downfield threats. He earned all 1k of those yards and provided a dangerous passing option. Watching him play, it is easy to see what that guy would do against a defense that had to cover CJ and the rest of the Lions receivers.
    He will be pricey and is probably heading to a richer team, but it would be nice. Also, Nate was putting on a bit of a show, so don’t take it too seriously. Part of his “plea” was just him trying to make the segment interesting.

  15. By nighttrain1 on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    As long as the Lions keep that same old useless offensive line there is no running back anywhere that will make one bit of difference. They can’t run block anybody on any team. 4 man rush against 6 Lion blockers and the guy split double teems and tackle the runner in the backfield. Our offensive line gets pushed around by everybody.
    The offensive line has been together for a long time, and for a long time they have sucked together. The only way to improve the Lions run game is to get rid of all that dead weight which is the offensive line starters
    Give the young guys a real chance, I’ll bet anyone they will do better than 2 running plays over 20 yards in 16 games, then we’ll all see Leshoure and Bell really come on strong.

  16. By eddie Hiller on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    Mr.Ford open up your check book and do not be cheap! Sign Reggie Bush!

  17. By frank ribble on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    lions need to sign a free agent cb, if they have the $. if reggie bush is healthy and the lions don’t improve their defense they will lose games 45-41. i like the backs the lions have. a speed back can be picked up in the later rounds. lions should fix the defense this year and wait a year to draft a c, ot, rb, and wr. reiff can start at guard and nagy at center for this year.

  18. By Travis Wilson on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    the Detroit Lions know of Barry Sanders. and if you loved him. then they need to look no further and draft Tavon Austin out of WV. This guy cancan get you catches out of the back field. cause night mares against opposing LB. TAVON AUSTIN. PLEASE Detroit. DRAFT THIS MAN!!!!!1= he is a CANT MISS….

  19. By jacksprat57 on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    Some of you guys desperately need to GOOGLE “salary cap” “NFL” “Detroit Lions” “2013″, because you few/many seem oblivious to the fact that it is that cap, NOT any supposed ‘cheapness’ on Bill Ford’s part, that constrains the Lions spending(now and next season.) There are no magic beans that can get us through this lean time; it’s the legacy of Matt Millen and the ludicrous contracts (for top 10 draft picks) under the old rookie salary structure. It wouldn’t even do much good to cut C.J, or Suh or Stafford, because their signing bonuses are still stomping all over the cap numbers. So, we deal. No chance of Jake Long, for instance; even diminished, someone will put up $8-9 million per year against the cap. We don’t have it. We likely don’t have enough to get Reggie Bush, either, as that may cost $4.5-5 per year.

  20. By D BROWN on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    THATS A GREAT IDEA, BUT THE LIONS ARE OVER LOOKING A DIAMOND, DENARD ROBINSON IS IDEAL TO REPLACE BEST HES THE BEST CHOICE HE CAN RUN EASILY AS GOOD AS BUSH AND RECIEVE AND HELP STAFFORD OUT AND KICK RETURN HES A STEEL GETIM……………………..

  21. By Ken on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    Said it before and I’ll say it again. As long as we don’t draft a QB or DL we will fill a need. The lions are swiss cheese with holes everywhere. Regardless of what I want us to address in the draft or free agency, I can’t argue with any position players they pick up. We need help everywere. Lions need recivers, OL, DE, LB, DB and special teams. I’m surprised they haven’t called me for a tryout yet. They are desperate.

  22. By ghost on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    Funny Ken.

  23. By Black Wolf Standing on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    LIONS: Here is my official resume.

    I’m willing to play TE for league minimum. (Can play fullback too.)

    Pluses: I will give 110% on every play. I can block any player for at least one second. I have soft hands. And will run routes exactly as I am taught.

    Minuses: I haven’t played any organized football in 25 years. I have lead feet. I’ll need oxygen just to walk to the oxygen bottle.

    If this is something you need, just email me.

  24. By ghost on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    Dear Wolf. You will fit right in. See you monday morning.

  25. By ghost on Feb 28, 2013 | Reply

    Robo Doc said what I have been trying to think of how to say it.

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