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Mayhew: No decision yet on RB Reggie Bush

Posted Feb 18, 2015

It appears the Lions are still trying to determine if running back Reggie Bush is a part of their plan for the 2015 season.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was asked at the Combine Wednesday what he looks for in the running back position.

Mayhew said he likes players with different traits and gave the example of Theo Riddick and his versatility in the pass game. He then talked about Joique Bell and his skillset as an in between the tackles runner with the ability to also catch the ball out of the backfield.

Reggie BushRB Reggie Bush (Photo: Gavin Smith / Detroit Lions)

Mayhew didn’t mention veteran Reggie Bush, however. When asked about that omission, Mayhew admitted that he still hasn’t made a determination on whether Bush, 30, will be back in 2015.

“Anybody on our roster – there’s a lot futures up in the air,” he said. “My future’s up in the air, too. You know, it’s the NFL, so I would say that. I would say that about Ndamukong, I would say that about all of our free agents. Their futures are up in the air.”

Bush still has two years remaining on a four-year, $16 million deal he signed before the 2013 season.

Bush said after an injury-plagued season in 2014, that he was ready to put the season behind him and get ready for 2015.

It appears the Lions are still trying to determine if Bush is in their plans for 2015.

"A lot of guys are under contract, they’re in the same situation, so it’s really about the value you bring to the organization,” Mayhew said. “That’s constantly re-evaluated every offseason.”

The Lions would save a little more than $1.7 million on the cap by parting ways with Bush, but he’d still count more than $3.5 million to the cap, and they’d have to pay a player to replace him.

Bush finished strong down the stretch in 2014 when the ankle injuries where behind him. He scored two touchdowns in the final three games, including an 18-yard touchdown in Detroit’s playoff game at Dallas that showed his speed and quickness had returned.

“The guys on this team and coaches who see me every day know what I’m capable of and they know what I can do,” Bush said after the season.

This year’s crop of running backs is very deep, however, and there are a number of players the Lions could draft with a similar skillset to Bush's.