Bush agreed to terms with the Saints on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports. Bush played for the Saints from 2012-15, but spent last season with the Lions, starting four games and playing the remaining 12 as the team's No. 3 safety. He recorded 53 tackles and two interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. Bush is 30 years old, and while he may not start ahead of Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell, he should still see a significant amount of snaps and act as a veteran presence on New Orleans defense.
Bush is poised to be the Lions' starting strong safety entering 2016, the Detroit Free Press reports. Bush has taken every first-team rep more than a week into training camp alongside entrenched-starter Glover Quin and appears to have won out in his competition with fellow free-agrent acquisition Tavon Wilson for Detroit's starting strong safety job. Wilson figures to be the team's No. 3 safety and should take the field in nickel packages. This pecking order doesn't figure to change before Week 1.
Bush will compete with Tavon Wilson for the Lions' starting job at strong safety this offseason, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. The Lions have a void to fill opposite incumbent FS Glover Quin (ankle), and Lion's GM Bob Quinn recently declared the newly-signed Bush a candidate for the gig. Tavon Wilson, the Lions' other free-agent signing at safety, appears to be Bush's main competition for the job, though Quinn didn't rule out the possibility of Detroit also adding more players to the competition as the offseason continues. For now, Bush is the favorite to win the role. He is undoubtedly the more tenured of the two, as Bush started 14 games for the Saints between 2013 and 2015, compared to Wilson's four total career starts. Should Bush win out, and avoid the injury bug that has plagued him the past two seasons, he will aim to improve a Detroit defense that surrendered a 10th-worst 25.0 points per game in 2015.
Bush signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Lions on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. It's a prove-it deal for the 28-year-old safety, who had to miss nearly the entire season after tearing a pectoral muscle in New Orleans' season opener. He will compete with fellow 2016 free agent Tavon Wilson for a starting spot next to Glover Quin.
The Saints placed safety Rafael Bush (chest) on injured reserve Tuesday, ESPN.com reports. Bush's season is over due to the chest injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. With Jairus Byrd (knee) also injured, the Saints will turn to either Jamarca Sanford or Kenny Phillips at free safety for the time being.