The Bills have added a Heisman Trophy winner.
Reggie Bush has signed a one year contract with the Bills.
The deal is thought to be “incentive laden” according to Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network, who broke the initial news of the signing.
After having the summer off, Bush is just happy to be in a camp.
“I’m very excited to be here,” Bush said at St. John Fisher Monday. “Excited to be back to playing football and back on the team. This is the first offseason I’ve spent without going to mini camp or OTAs. It was kinda nice actually to take a little break. It’s good to be back to football.”
Vic Carucci from the Buffalo News says the Bills spoke with LeSean McCoy about the situation. While Bush is expected to be worked into the backfield, he is primarily a return man.
Bush certainly has no qualms about returning kicks.
“I’ll definitely be back there returning punts and kicks if they need me to and whatever else it is that they need me to do,” Bush said. “I’m ready and prepared to go out there and be a factor in any way, shape possible.
It’s a curious move if the Bills see Bush as a cure for their not-so-scary-on-paper return game.
Bush has returned two punts in the last four seasons. Eight punts in the last five. He has one kickoff return in his NFL career.
He was a productive return man in college at USC and was an important part of his Heisman Trophy win in 2005.
That was 11 years ago.
Bush is also coming off a knee injury that ended his 2015 season in November. On Monday, he clarified that the injury was a meniscus issue and not an ACL.
He says he’s been healthy for months and shouldn’t need more than a week to be back into football shape.
When Bush was a Miami Dolphin and Rex Ryan was coaching the Jets, the two got into a “via media” argument.
Ryan said in 2012 before a Jets-Dolphins game, his defense would have to put some “hot sauce” on Bush, who thought the phrase meant the Jets would try to injure him.
Bush was so incensed, he even somewhat celebrated the torn ACL Darelle Revis suffered in the game that ended his season. “What goes around comes around,” Bush said.
On Monday, bygones were bygones.
“Me and Rex have had some battles going back a long time,” Bush said. “We have history, but I’ve always been a fan of Rex. Now, getting a chance to play for him is going to be pretty cool.”
That chance begins Tuesday night when Bush is expected to take the field with the Bills in his first practice.
The Bills also added receiver Kain Colter on Monday.
WR Davonte Allen and K Marshall Morgan were released to make room for the two new players.
For the moment, Dan Carpenter is the only kicker on the roster.