If you start looking around the 2013 NFL free-agency market, you'll see some interesting names at running back, including Reggie Bush, who underwent a transformation during his last two years in Miami.
While with the Saints for five years, Bush averaged four yards a carry, 34.8 rushing yards per game and 4.7 receptions per game. With Miami, Bush averaged 4.7 yards per carry, 66.8 rushing yards per game and 2.5 catches a game. It's no wonder that he, reportedly, "badly" wants back in Miami.
According to EOF friend and Palm Beach Post Dolphins beat guy Ben Volin, a source close to Bush said that the running back "badly" wants to return to South Beach and "is confused" why he hasn't gotten an offer from the Dolphins.
Frankly, I'm a little confused too. Bush has been superb for Miami during most of the two years he's been there. If he really wants back, the Dolphins should lowball him with a "hometown" (read: team-friendly, since Bush is from California) discount and see if he takes it.
He probably won't accept the deal, and then the Dolphins can move on to establishing Lamar Miller (who actually is a hometown guy) as their feature back for 2013. But at least give it a shot.
Speaking of giving things a shot, Volin believes the Dolphins should -- and could -- incorporate some read-option offense in 2013, featuring Ryan Tannehill toting the rock.
The logic here? Tannehill ran well when given freedom last year (per Volin, 181 of his 211 rushing yards came in the final six games of the season after he got said freedom) and he's got experience running the pistol before.
“I did a little bit in college -- not a whole lot, but a few snaps,” he said. “So it's something I have done before a little bit, and it's exciting just to see the NFL grow in that direction."
Tannehill, of course, played at Texas A&M, where his coach was his current offensive coordinator with the Dolphins, Mike Sherman. Tannehill also played wide receiver while he was a member of the Aggies, so it's not like the dude doesn't have the necessary wheels to make defenders respect the run.
It'd be a smart move for Miami, particularly since it would open things up for the running game. Which, no matter how badly he wants back, probably won't feature Reggie Bush.