RB Reggie Bush, soon to be a free agent, wants to return to Miami Dolphins
By Ben Volin
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Some Dolphins players, among them cornerback Sean Smith, have no desire to talk publicly about their impending free agency. Ask Smith if he wants to come back next year, and he goes into Bill Belichick mode, saying he only wants to concentrate on Sunday’s opponent.
Then there’s running back Reggie Bush, who makes no secret about wanting to return next season and beyond. Bush, who turns 28 in March, has spent his last two seasons in Miami after playing his first five in New Orleans, and hopes that Miami will be his last NFL home.
“We’ll see what happens in the off-season and when that times comes, but yeah, I would definitely love to be back,” he said. “There’s definitely some unfinished business here and some things that we want to accomplish.”
One thing Bush would like to accomplish is to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the second straight season. He has 960 entering Sunday’s season finale at New England. If he gains 40 yards, he will join Larry Csonka and Ricky Williams as the only Dolphins to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.
But regardless of whether he reaches that benchmark, Bush said he wants to stay in Miami for continuity and because he believes in new coach Joe Philbin’s program.
“I don’t want to keep bouncing around from team to team. I’d like to have a home base,” Bush said. “I talked about wanting to build or bring back the passion about Miami football here in the city and building a franchise, a winning franchise here.”
Bush said he’s “very encouraged’ by the team’s direction. The Dolphins are 7-8, one game better than last year despite playing with a rookie quarterback.
“(Philbin’s attitude) has been really positive for a lot of guys and for the people here, and I think we’ve been feeding off of that,” Bush said. “The direction of this organization is going in the right place.”
Bush is one of several key players who will be a free agent this off-season, joining Smith, offensive tackle Jake Long, tight end Anthony Fasano, receiver Brian Hartline, defensive end Randy Starks, quarterback Matt Moore and safety Chris Clemons.