Moore and Bush land in South Florida


It’s safe to say the Texans made the right choice in the 2006 Draft by selecting Mario Williams instead of Reggie Bush or Vince Young. Both players have been tossed aside by their former teams and on Thursday the Miami Dolphins addressed one of their more important needs when they acquired Reggie Bush, the former Heisman Trophy-winning running back, from the New Orleans Saints. The Dolphins got Bush by sending safety Jonathon Amaya and an undisclosed draft pick to the Saints. Bush’s next chapter formally begins Friday, one day after he was acquired by the Dolphins in a trade with the New Orleans Saints and agreed to a two-year contract worth nearly $10 million. He cannot practice with the club until Aug. 4 because of NFL rules, but is in camp and already knee-deep into the process of learning everything about his new team. “It’s still pretty surreal for me,” Bush said after practice. “This whole experience is great. I’m looking forward to this opportunity. I think this is an amazing city to play in and I’m just looking forward to being able to come in here and contribute right away and be a difference-maker and help this team win.”

Miami serves as a fresh start for Bush with a chance to learn a new offense, be a part of a team that likes to run the ball and an increase in overall involvement on the field. The fact of the matter is, Bush wasn’t needed in New Orleans. The Saints loved the throw the ball and use the running game to purely keep defense’s honest. Bush said he and the Dolphins are still figuring out how he’ll be used, but noted that he’ll be a running back first — clearly his top priority. In five years with the Saints, Bush only carried the ball 524 times, actually gaining more yards as a receiver than a runner. On the flip side, Bush is a dynamic kick returner and receiver out of the backfield when he’s healthy. And although plagued by a series of injuries in his career, he gained 4,982 all-purpose yards for the Saints and scored 33 touchdowns. Daniel Thomas is a name fantasy owners have drawn circles around, yet we might see a situation where Bush out-right wins the job in camp and is used in a, dare I say: starting role.


In the wake of this news quarterback Matt Moore headed to Miami on Friday as well, signing a two-year, $5 million contract with the Dolphins. Incentives could push to deal to $7.5 million for Moore, who leaves a crowded quarterback situation with the Panthers for a Dolphins team that was said to be in pursuit of Denver Broncos passer Kyle Orton. Dolphin’s owner Stephen Ross told the Sun-Sentinel Friday that the Orton deal “is dead.” If Orton is indeed out of the picture, Moore will compete with Chad Henne for a starting role with the Dolphins just one season after being named starter for the Panthers. Moore was unseated by rookie Jimmy Clausen as the season progressed after Moore completed just 55.2 percent of his passes, tossing five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Moore started 13 games in three seasons in Carolina, going 7-6. In 2009, Moore led the Panthers to four wins in its final five games, setting the table for his starting opportunity in 2010. His future in Carolina grew cloudy after the team finished 2-14 and drafted Cam Newton with the No. 1 overall pick in April. Moore was signed by the Panthers in 2007 as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State.


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2 Responses to “Moore and Bush land in South Florida”

  1. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    Bush will be used in the Wildcat – no doubt. Is Ronnie Brown dead? Maybe he hung it up w. all his injuries. Bush will be very useful for Miami – but I disagree w. your assessment that he was not needed in NO – NO will take a step back w.o Bush- no doubt. Sproles is a poor man’s Bush but not as dynamic.

    Matt Moore and Chad Henne – WOW, I bet Brandon Marshall’s newly diagnosed personality disorder came out after he heard this news. I bet he wishes he was still in Denver.

    Speaking of Chad Henne, holy shit- doesn’t this guy take a hint?

    I wouldn’t touch either QB in Miami this year for fantasy purposes. As you all know my sleeper QB is Rex Grossman. However, I feel strongly that Bush will make a HUGE impact in Miami. If his injury history holds true Daniel Thomas may be very useful as a bye week fill in!

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