Bush announced Saturday during an appearance on NFL Network that he has retired from professional football, Amos Morale III of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "I'm done," Bush said. "I said it. It's not breaking news. I've been saying it. I said it all season long, I said, 'Listen, if I don't play this year, I'm going to retire.' Because I'm not going to spend a whole year off, come back, 33 years old, trying to get back in the league." After going unsigned during the offseason, Bush maintained hope that he would be picked up by a team in need of backfield help, but the offers never rushed in for the veteran following a rough season with the Bills in 2016. Bush indicated on the NFL Network broadcast that he intended to retire as a member of the Saints, the team that drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2006. Over his 11-year career with New Orleans, Miami, Detroit, San Francisco and Buffalo, Bush amassed 5,490 rushing yards, 3,598 receiving yards and 58 touchdowns.
Bush said he plans to play in the NFL in 2017, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. Bush, a former No. 2 overall pick, will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2017. He played in 13 games for the Bills last year, totaling minus-three yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. The poor showing with the Bills coupled with the fact that Bush is now 32 years old have limited his suitors this offseason, but once injuries begin to trickle in during OTAs and training camp, a team could have more interest in the former Heisman Trophy winner's services.
Bush is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns. Bush still has name recognition, but at this stage his involvement in the Bills' offense is modest, so his presence on the team's inactive list is not a huge surprise. Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams are on hand to back up LeSean McCoy on Sunday.
Bush rushed for four yards on his lone carry in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. Bush's teammate, Mike Gillislee, was out two weeks ago and Bush didn't record a single touch, so it should be no surprise that Bush has only touched the ball twice in the two games since Gillislee's return. The veteran back has recorded more than two touches twice in 11 games and - thanks to plenty of negative runs - has just 95 total yards, 90 of them through the air, on the season.
Bush's teammate Mike Gillislee (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. Bush and Jonathan Williams will now be the immediate backups to LeSean McCoy, who's more of an injury risk than usual as he's about to play with a dislocated thumb. Coach Rex Ryan is calling Bush and Williams his "2A and 2B" options for the game, though we'd figure Williams is the better bet for carries, since he's seen more than Bush so far (17 to nine) and is averaging far better yards per carry (3.59 to -0.22). Bush is a pretty bad bet all around given that he's lost his job as main return man and even with Gillislee's injury he's still likely third in the pecking order for carries. All we're saying is that he's one injury away from the team needing to rely heavily on him.
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