ALLEN PARK — Reggie Bush and the Detroit Lions have agreed to a deal, according to the team website. It’s a four-year deal, according to reports.
The Lions had targeted the 27-year-old running back to add an explosive element to the pass-happy offense.
A press conference is set for 1:45 p.m. today.
Bush also had interest from other teams including the Arizona Cardinals, but his first — and it turns out only — visit was to the Lions. He arrived Tuesday night and met with the team this (Wednesday) morning.
Bush made $4.5 million base salary last season with the Dolphins who decided to go younger. The terms have not been released.
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, the Lions have told Bush he will be the every-down back. In recent years they’ve had a tandem system which really hasn’t produced.
Bush can catch the ball out of the backfield, which is an element of the game the Lions were missing without Jahvid Best who hasn’t played since suffering a concussion in October 2011.
The 27-year-old Bush played his last two seasons with the Miami Dolphins where he started in 31 of 32 games. In 2012 he had 227 carries for 986 yards and six rushing touchdowns. He also had 35 receptions for 292 yards and a pair of receiving touchdowns.
His rushing yardage in 2011 (1,086) was a career-high so he doesn’t appear to be on the downside of his career.
The Lions also met with free agent safety Glover Quin today.
They have been busy signing Chris Houston to a five-year $25 million deal.
The Lions also signed defensive end Jason Jones to a three-year contract on Wednesday.