Michael Bush signs with Chicago Bears.
CHICAGO, March 22- The Chicago Bears just picked up a lot of leverage in their ongoing negotiations with RB Matt Forte.
According to their website, the Bears have brought in former Raiders RB Michael Bush to support their RB corps.
In the past when the Bears made similar moves, the situation was never such that the incoming back could challenge the number one guy.
The former Louisville product though has proven that he has number one RB skills and his four year deal could be a wild card that the Bears use in their favor if they don’t have Forte taken care at the end of the season.
I don’t foresee that happening but if that or another significant injury falls Forte’s way, Bush will get his chance to prove once again that he can do it all.
In 2011 Bush ran for 977 yards with 7 seven touchdowns. He also caught 37 balls for 418 yards and one touchdown.
The Bears can free up over $1 million dollars in cap space by releasing RB Marion Barber. That move will most likely happen within the week.
One of Bush’s greatest unsung assets is that he performs well in pass protection. This will bode well for QB Jay Cutler when he decides to look deep to the newly acquired WR Brandon Marshall.
Other teams such as the Patriots were thought to be contenders for Bush, but this move certainly makes sense for everyone.
This deal is valued at $14 million dollars.