The 2012 NFL season is officially over for the Miami Dolphins with the team being knocked out of playoff contention as a result of the outcomes of Week 16 in the AFC.
With the team starting to focus on the off-season in terms of moves and players to re-sign, the Dolphins first order of business will apparently be to lock up running back Reggie Bush for at least another season. Bush will become a free agent in the off-season with no indication from the team whether or not they intended on re-signing until now.
Reportedly, Miami will attempt to re-sign the 27-year-old after another solid season from the USC product according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com:
The Dolphins will try to re-sign Bush during the offseason, but at their price — not his.
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland is willing to keep Bush, but the organization believes rookie Lamar Miller is just beginning to step into his potential. At 218 pounds, Miller runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and has seen an increased workload this month.
Although Bush will likely pass the 1,000-yard rushing mark for a second consecutive with the Dolphins, the veteran running back still appears to be expendable in Miami. Bush has made it clear that he wants to stay with the Dolphins long-term, but the feeling might not be mutual if Bush asks for more than the team is willing to pay for his services.
Heading into Week 17 against the New England Patriots, Bush has played in and started all 15 games for the Dolphins. Bush has rushed for 960 yards and six touchdowns on 219 carries thus far. Although not the same caliber of receiver he once was with the New Orleans Saints, Bush remains a force downfield with 33 catches for 269 yards and two touchdowns this season.
The Dolphins will make an attempt to re-sign Bush, but there’s a chance that another team will come along in the off-season with a better offer that Miami is not willing to match ending the veteran running back’s stint with the team.