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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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4Dominique Davis
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6Tim Tebow
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8Josh Portis
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
33Kory Faulkner
34Collin Klein
35Rusty Smith
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2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Jamie Harper
8Chris Rainey
9Terrance Ganaway
10Zach Brown
11Isaac Redman
12Brandon Saine
13D.J. Harper
14Lance Ball
15Jordan Roberts
16Orwin Smith
17Armond Smith
18Javarris James
19Darren Evans
20Delone Carter
21Anthony Allen
22Damien Berry
23Richard Murphy
24William Powell
25Jawan Jamison
26Stefphon Jefferson
27Deonte Williams
28Bradley Randle
29Quentin Hines
30De'Leon Eskridge
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2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
3RB1Michael Bush
2D.J. Ware
3Beanie Wells
FB1Lousaka Polite
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
5Darius Johnson
6Kevin Hardy
7Keenan Davis
8Taulib Ikharo
9Terrence Toliver
10Greg Childs
11Richard Goodman
12Lance Lewis
13Lamont Bryant
14Devery Henderson
15Ben Obomanu
16Matt Willis
17Brett Swain
18Chaz Schilens
19Ramses Barden
20Charly Martin
21Jeremy Kelley
22Sederrick Cunningham
23Zach Rogers
24Nicholas Johnson
25Johnathan Haggerty
26Emmanuel Arceneaux
27Jordan White
28Roy Roundtree
29Robby Toma
30Carlin Isles
31Marcus Jackson
32Sam McGuffie
33Tyrone Goard
34Chip Reeves
35Terrell Sinkfield
36Jheranie Boyd
37Eric Rogers
38Rashaad Carter
39Erik Highsmith
40Demetrius Fields
41Scott Pillar
42Diondre Borel
43Chastin West
44Bert Reed
45Brandon Carswell
46Joseph Anderson
47Cole McKenzie
48Jamal Miles
49Rashad Evans
50Julius Pruitt
51Mardy Gilyard
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2Davone Bess
3Kerry Meier
4Jordan Shipley
5Chad Hall
6Donald Jones
7Earl Bennett
8Mohamed Massaquoi
9Steve Breaston
10Donte' Stallworth
11Chris Givens
12Brandon Banks
13Raymond Radway
14Darius Hanks
15Aaron Mellette
16Robert Gill
17Brandon Collins
18Tray Session
19Martel Moore
20David Douglas
21Jeff Fuller
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
43Anthony Amos
44R.J. Webb
45Andrew Helmick
46Devin Goda
47Jared Green
48Michael Calvin
49Taveon Rogers
50Rodrick Rumble
51Andrew DePaola
52Brandon Kaufman
53Jerry Johnson
WR31Jabar Gaffney
2Laurent Robinson
3Davone Bess
TE1Adam Nissley
2Danny Noble
3Randy McMichael
4Leonard Pope
5Tony Scheffler
6David Thomas
7Kevin Boss
8Aaron Hernandez
9Tommy Gallarda
10Fendi Onobun
11Billy Bajema
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13Andrew Szczerba
14Steve Watson
15Daniel Graham
16Jamie Childers
17Joe Sawyer
18Joel Dreessen
19Visanthe Shiancoe
20Matt Furstenburg
21Ben Cotton
22David Rolf
23Nelson Rosario
24Konrad Reuland
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26Hayden Smith
27Colin Cloherty
28Dan Gronkowski
29Martin Rucker
30Richard Quinn
31Nate Byham
32Dedrick Epps
33Tom Crabtree
34Brody Eldridge
35Cameron Graham
36Jamie McCoy
37Jake O'Connell
38Travis Beckum
39Evan Moore
40Alex Silvestro
41Matt Veldman
42Tim Biere
43Evan Landi
44Taylor Cook
45Travis Tannahill
46Chase Clement
47Joe Don Duncan
48Chase Dixon
49David Wright
50Isaiah Stanback
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