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Michael Bush | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/16/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 245
College: Louisville
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Free agent RB Michael Bush will visit the Patriots.
The Patriots are in the market for a big back after opting not to re-sign LeGarrette Blount. Bush averaged a pitiful 3.1 YPC with the Bears last season and was released at the start of the new league year. He'll turn 30 in June and hasn't drawn any known interest before now. Bush is the definition of a plodder. Mar 31 - 10:24 PM

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Bears released RB Michael Bush.

Bush is getting the heave-ho just two years into a four-year deal. The move frees up $1.85 million in cap space, but leaves behind $2 million in dead money. Signed as a short-yardage specialist, Bush was a bust from the start, and finishes his Bears career with just eight touchdowns across 177 carries. He averaged a miserable 3.1 yards per carry in 2013. Three months shy of his 30th birthday, Bush is unlikely to draw much interest in the first wave of free agency.
Mar 10 - 5:39 PM

ESPN Chicago believes the Bears could look to upgrade on Michael Bush at backup running back.

Bush carries a $3.85 million salary cap number for 2014 and was dreadful this past season, rushing for just 197 yards and averaging 3.1 YPC. Michael Ford might be given an opportunity to earn the No. 2 job behind Matt Forte, but we'd certainly expect the Bears to look for another running back via the draft. We'd consider Bush a near-lock to be released this offseason.
Jan 21 - 9:05 AM

Bears backup RB Michael Bush is owed a $2.8 million base salary and $50,000 workout bonus in 2014.

Chicago will need salary cap space if it has designs on franchise tagging Jay Cutler. After averaging under five offensive touches per game in 2013, Bush is shaping up as a no-brainer offseason release candidate. The Bears could stay in-house with Michael Ford serving as Matt Forte's backup next season. Bush is running out of gas going on age 30. He averaged 3.1 YPC this year.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 11:13:00 PM

Michael Bush rushed twice for 11 yards in Chicago's Week 17 loss to the Packers.

Bush wasn't targeted in the passing game. Bush's second season in Chicago ends with just 63 carries for 197 yards (3.12 YPC) and three touchdowns. He caught only four passes. Going on 30 and due $2.8 million in 2014, Bush is a strong candidate to be cut. He has vanishingly little Dynasty-league value.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:28:00 PM

Michael Bush rushed seven times for 20 yards in Week 16 against the Eagles.

Bush didn't see the field until late in the fourth quarter. Despite scoring touchdowns in his previous two games, he wasn't used in short-yardage or red-zone situations and remains a strict backup to Matt Forte.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 01:51:00 AM

Michael Bush rushed three times for 44 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 15 win at Cleveland.

In a rare turn of events, Bush burst through a hole while trying to salt the clock away with just over two minutes remaining and went for a 40-yard score. His previous long run on the season was 15 yards. Bush can be dropped in all fantasy formats as we head into fantasy's Super Bowl week. Matt Forte has been remarkably healthy all year long.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 05:18:00 PM

Michael Bush rushed for 39 yards on eight carries and caught a 17-yard touchdown in Week 14 against the Cowboys.

Bush had his best game of the season tonight, and it surely will stay that way over the next few weeks. The Cowboys can't contain anyone on defense. Bush ran through gaping holes and caught a swing pass and walked in untouched for his score. Bush entered the night with 115 total yards on 46 touches through 11 games. He's not on the fantasy radar and is simply Matt Forte's change of pace.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:09:00 AM

Michael Bush managed one rush for 15 yards in the Bears' Week 13 loss to the Vikings.

Bush has only "vultured" two goal-line scores from Matt Forte all season. He has no fantasy value other than as a handcuff to cautious Forte owners.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 05:49:00 PM

Michael Bush rushed seven times for -5 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Rams.

He caught one pass for 10 yards. It was an embarrassing effort for Bush, who could convert just one of five carries from the Rams' one-yard line for a touchdown. Twice Bush was stopped for a loss from the one, including once on fourth down. He also dropped a catchable pass on a 2nd-and-goal in the third quarter. An ineffective player in coach Marc Trestman's scheme, the Bears need to stop subbing Bush in for Matt Forte in money situations.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 06:50:00 PM

NFL writer Dan Pompei believes there's a possibility the Bears release Michael Bush in the offseason.

Pompei has covered the NFL for nearly 30 years and has ties to the Chicago area. Under new coach Marc Trestman, Bush is nothing more than a guy to give Matt Forte a breather. With a $2.8 million salary in the third year of a four-year deal in 2014, Bush may -- and likely will -- be cut. He's averaging just 2.1 YPC on 35 carries this season and isn't a factor in the passing game.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 11:54:00 AM

Michael Bush rushed three times for five yards in Week 11 against the Ravens.

As is normally the case, Bush came in just to give Matt Forte a quick breather and wasn't involved in the passing game. Bush is purely a handcuff.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 07:52:00 PM

Michael Bush rushed one time for no gain in Week 10 against the Lions.

Bush's lone chance came on a fourth-and-one carry which he failed to convert. Bush is just a handcuff -- not a particularly appealing one -- for Matt Forte owners.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 05:31:00 PM

Michael Bush rushed for 25 yards on seven carries in Week 9 against the Packers.

Bush added one catch for 15 yards. He failed to convert his lone goal-line chance from the one-yard line in the second quarter. Matt Forte came in on second-and-goal and scooted in for the touchdown. Bush is just a handcuff.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 12:53:00 AM

Michael Bush did not receive a touch in Sunday's Week 7 loss at Washington.

Bush isn't a vulture threat to Matt Forte and isn't even getting on the field anymore. Over the last four weeks, he's averaging 2.0 carries per game. Bush is just a handcuff.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 05:50:00 PM

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9Vince Young
10Kevin Kolb
11Pat White
12Jerrod Johnson
13Adam Weber
14John Parker Wilson
15Nick Stephens
16Tommy Rees
17Ryan Katz
18Colby Cameron
19Kyle Padron
20James Vandenberg
21Mike Hermann
22Nathan Stanley
23Dalton Williams
24Matt Brown
25Caleb TerBush
26Tim Jenkins
27Dayne Crist
28Brett Smith
29Jordan Rodgers
30Nate Enderle
31Alex Carder
32Keith Price
33Collin Klein
34Rusty Smith
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2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Jamie Harper
8Isaac Redman
9Terrance Ganaway
10Zach Brown
11Brandon Saine
12D.J. Harper
13Tim Cornett
14Lance Ball
15Jordan Roberts
16Orwin Smith
17Armond Smith
18Jawan Jamison
19Stefphon Jefferson
20Deonte Williams
21Bradley Randle
22Quentin Hines
23De'Leon Eskridge
24Javarris James
25Darren Evans
26Delone Carter
27Anthony Allen
28Damien Berry
29Richard Murphy
30William Powell
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2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
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2D.J. Ware
3Beanie Wells
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2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Chris Pressley
7Brit Miller
8Brad Smelley
9Owen Marecic
10Dorson Boyce
11Eric Kettani
12Owen Schmitt
13Quinn Johnson
14Ben Bartholomew
15Braden Wilson
16James Baker
17Ryan D'Imperio
18Devonte Campbell
19Alex Debniak
20Ryan Roberson
21Jonathan Amosa
22Rupert Bryan
23Eddie Williams
24Jon Hoese
25Ben Guidugli
26Nate Eachus
27Jourdan Brooks
28Brock Bolen
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3Laurent Robinson
4Titus Young
5Greg Childs
6Kevin Hardy
7Lamont Bryant
8Devery Henderson
9Ben Obomanu
10Richard Goodman
11Brian Tyms
12Lance Lewis
13Keenan Davis
14Taulib Ikharo
15Roy Roundtree
16Robby Toma
17Carlin Isles
18Nicholas Johnson
19Matt Willis
20Brett Swain
21Chaz Schilens
22Ramses Barden
23Charly Martin
24Jeremy Kelley
25Sederrick Cunningham
26Zach Rogers
27Marcus Jackson
28Jordan White
29Johnathan Haggerty
30Emmanuel Arceneaux
31Diondre Borel
32Cole McKenzie
33Jamal Miles
34Rashad Evans
35Sam McGuffie
36Tyrone Goard
37Julius Pruitt
38Mardy Gilyard
39Chastin West
40Bert Reed
41Brandon Carswell
42Joseph Anderson
43Chip Reeves
44Terrell Sinkfield
45Jheranie Boyd
46Eric Rogers
47Rashaad Carter
48Erik Highsmith
49Demetrius Fields
50Scott Pillar
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2Davone Bess
3Kerry Meier
4Jordan Shipley
5Chad Hall
6Donald Jones
7Earl Bennett
8Mohamed Massaquoi
9Steve Breaston
10Donte' Stallworth
11Brandon Banks
12Raymond Radway
13Chris Givens
14Darius Hanks
15Aaron Mellette
16Robert Gill
17David Douglas
18Jeff Fuller
19Brandon Collins
20Tray Session
21Martel Moore
22Dominique Croom
23Kenny Shaw
24Nicholas Edwards
25Duke Calhoun
26Michael Jenkins
27David Ball
28Devin Aromashodu
29Tim Toone
30Jarett Dillard
31Terrence Austin
32Roberto Wallace
33Bobby Sewall
34Deon Butler
35Early Doucet
36Patrick Crayton
37Perez Ashford
38Alex Neutz
39Kelsey Pope
40Jordan Harris
41Jason Thompson
42Omarius Hines
43Andy Cruse
44Anthony Amos
45R.J. Webb
46Andrew Helmick
47Rodrick Rumble
48Andrew DePaola
49Ronald Johnson
50Jared Green
51Michael Calvin
52Taveon Rogers
53Dale Moss
54Devin Goda
55Brandon Kaufman
56Reggie Dunn
57Jerry Johnson
WR31Jabar Gaffney
2Laurent Robinson
3Davone Bess
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2Randy McMichael
3Leonard Pope
4Tony Scheffler
5David Thomas
6Kevin Boss
7Aaron Hernandez
8Adam Nissley
9Andrew Szczerba
10Steve Watson
11Fendi Onobun
12Tommy Gallarda
13Billy Bajema
14Daniel Graham
15Jamie Childers
16Joe Sawyer
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19Colin Cloherty
20Dan Gronkowski
21Martin Rucker
22Richard Quinn
23Konrad Reuland
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25Tom Crabtree
26Brody Eldridge
27Matt Furstenburg
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29David Rolf
30Nelson Rosario
31Dominique Curry
32Hayden Smith
33Dominique Jones
34Matt Veldman
35Tim Biere
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41Chase Dixon
42David Wright
43Jamie McCoy
44Alex Silvestro
45Cameron Graham
46Jake O'Connell
47Travis Beckum
48Evan Moore
49Isaiah Stanback
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