Davone Bess knows how to get open in the short to intermediate ranges, and he moves the chains an awful lot that way. He's a clutch receiver in that way. Who knows what Reggie Bush knows in that regard?
If you're trying desperately to improve the receivers on your team, I don't think you sit Davone Bess down or get rid of him just to find out what Reggie Bush can (or can't) do in a position he's never played full-time. Let's work on improvement, not experiments. Tannehill's development is hinging on it.
I can remember several times where i was unhappy with bess going outside his limits by trying to create more after the catch. He left a few first downs out on the field this year. Not saying i would get rid of him but I kinda love the idea of bringing back bush to fill in as a slot guy.
I'm warming up to Warmack. And a wr core of Wallace, Jennings, Bush, and Swope sounds scary good.
It just seems that Long and Smith are "the" guys that the team will meet their demands. It just sounds and smells like what's cooking. It also sounds that, in fact, there are actually two guys that are definitely coming back as well either on a team discount or via the Franchise Tag. And those two players are Randy Starks and Reggie Bush. Yep. That's what seems to be coming out of what is being implied.
Those are first, the two "lowest" Tag numbers of the possible candidates receiving the Tag and then, this is how the numbers seem to indicate them...watch:
Let's start off with Reggie Bush. Ireland "needs" Reggie Bush on this team to have any hope of reaching the playoffs and getting an extension. Bush being used in the slot and as the 3rd down back who changes pace with Miller as Miller's backup RB is an upgrade over what Davone Bess (who Ben Volin is lending to the buzz that Bess is indeed being talked about as a candidate for the door) offers. Bush at $5mil for two or three years is $10-15mil deal with maybe $8mil guaranteed and a $4mil cap number in 2013. If not, he's tagged at $8mil and he now enters FA in 2014 a year older and/or agrees that the team has upgraded during the Tag season and agrees to the 3 year reduced deal. Bush will be here is my feeling.
Starks is the same deal. They do the Bush scenario with Bush if they come to a long term reduced deal with Starks. If not, they very likely get Bush to agree to a $5mil 2-3 year deal, dump Davone Bess (saving almost $3mil anyway to help) and you tag Starks at the $8mil and he realizes damn, I'm stuck and will hit FA a year older or damn, this team is improving, and come to an agreement during the Tag period to a long term fair/reduced deal...or stays with the tag and hits FA next season. Or Bush stays with the tag and hits FA next season.
I have this implication/numbers seem to be pointing to Long, Smith, Starks, and Bush are "definites" coming back in 2013. Long and Smith under long term deals and one of Starks or Bush under the tag and the other in a hometown friendly 2 or 3 year deal.
Fasano will come cheap and give me a sense that they indeed will pit Egnew and Clay in a competition for a slot/seam threat role at TE than a blocking role which Fasano will impressively fill. And if this happens.... and they don't see Hartline come down significantly on his contract demands.... then that wouldn't surprise me one bit that Mortenson's report can indeed hold water that Wallace being given whatever he asks for as soon as March 9th comes and then allow Jennings and Hartline to spend time in the market to give them a gauge on whether the contract numbers Jennings receives are not as high as some may think and then go ahead and pay a little more for Jennings in order to upgrade over Hartline and give Tannehill two Pro Bowl type "vets" to throw the ball to.
This also helps Stephen Ross redeem the lack of enthusiasm that led to low ticket sells in 2012 and generate a good Offense will be on display in 2013 with two dynamic WRs for a now seasoned and promising Tannehill to throw to, with then selecting Mike Mayock's Best Player in the Entire Draft at #12 in Chance Warmack to solidify the OL he will be throwing and the RBs will be running behind with Fasano in to help protect.
Egnew improves, Miami looks great, Ireland is safe. Fans are happy.
FA: Dmitiri Patterson (Vet min.w/ incentives)
1. Zach Martin OT
2. Bishop Sankey RB
3. Brandon Thomas G/T
4. Max Bullough ILB
5. Crockett Gilmore TE
6. Brandon Linder G/T