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Bush signs with Bears

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 9:01 am in Oakland Raiders.

Running back Michael Bush will back up Matt Forte instead of Darren McFadden _ and get a lot more money in the process.

Bush signed a four-year contract worth $14 million, with nearly $7.8 million guaranteed, according to the Chicago Tribune. That represents the figure Bush would have been paid by the Raiders had they decided to franchise him instead of safety Tyvon Branch.

Forte has been franchised by the Bears but wants a long-term deal.

Bush’s departure leaves Taiwan Jones as the backup for McFadden. Both players had injury issues last season.

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  • LA to TheBay

    Dakota, why McFadden hasn’t been used more at receiver, out of backfield and on the LOS, I have no Idea.

    Vegas had Hue pegged early.

    Definitely got our O over the hump. Respectable certainly and at times dangerous — downright deadly.

    But huge lapses. Chucking it 40+ times with Carson? Going whole games without anything to Reece? Ignoring our TEs?

    I don’t want the most explosive O in the league, I want the smartest.

  • Dakota

    351.LA to TheBay Says:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 2:31 pm
    Dakota, why McFadden hasn’t been used more at receiver, out of backfield and on the LOS, I have no Idea.

    Vegas had Hue pegged early.

    Definitely got our O over the hump. Respectable certainly and at times dangerous — downright deadly.

    But huge lapses. Chucking it 40+ times with Carson? Going whole games without anything to Reece? Ignoring our TEs?

    I don’t want the most explosive O in the league, I want the smartest.
    +++++++++

    I totally agree. Hue’s offense was a times explosive, and at other times left you scratching your head. I hope Knapp can do a better job and sustaining a consistently good offense. We shall see. I am not judging Knapp on his previous term here as he didn’t really get much of a chance to call plays….and he didn’t call plays in Houston….so you have to look at his Falcons days, and that is even an unknown because he had Vick at QB, which changes the way any OC would call a game.

    Just not an exciting hire by any stretch of the imagination….hope he can handle it.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    LA,

    I’d prefer your run attack formula any day. Have no clue what Hue was doing in those games.

    We will miss Bush. No doubt, dude was a smooth rumbling beast.

    Before Bush, the less than dominant LaMont Jordan and Dominic Rhodes were stinkin up the joint.

    It’d be a longshot to simply say we can “plug & play” the next player and expect him to perform at the same level.

    Make no mistake though, we will plug and play the next man up.

  • DKnight007

    15.RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 9:19 am
    FA RB’s

    Cedric Benson
    Ryan Grant
    LaDainian Tomlinson
    Jackie Battle
    Ronnie Brown
    Justin Forsett
    Earnest Graham
    Tim Hightower
    Thomas Jones
    Mewelde Moore
    Maurice Morris
    Chester Taylor
    Derrick Ward
    Carnell Williams

    ^^^^^^^^
    Hightop Hightower is the only FA backup RB I would want out of this group. Maaaaaaybe Ryan Grant also.

    Otherwise, look for Chubby McK to draft Terrance Ganaway from Baylor in Round 5 possibly.

  • DKnight007

    Regardless….we need a backup RB now and a good one that can be a spot starter if need be.

    T Jones isn’t ready to carry that load yet….

  • Dakota

    ….and I hope Al Saunders can hand Knapp a playbook with some plays marked down from the Hue time that worked, and that Knapp takes advantage of Saunders’ knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the current roster.

  • Reggies Freckled Face

    *****************BREAKING NEWS************************

    Reports are coming in that the Raiders have traded Darren McFadden to the Packers for their 1st round pick and a 5th round pick!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also, early reports are surfacing that the Raiders have signed former packer RB Ryan Grant and have also added RB Brandon Jacobs.

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Al_is_theraiders

    it is moneyball when you dont spend and try to fill the roster with never have beens and couldnt be’s ….

  • Grumpastickalon

    Damn!!!! I woulda like to have seen a Bush/Mac backfield. The more ground we got, the better air CP3 will have. Damn, not good. Not good at all.

  • Grumpastickalon

    We’re just dumpin players left and right and left. If DMAC goes, then thats it. Might as well dump our best player, Denarius Moore. Cause we ain’t gonna have a good ground game to compiment the air game. All predictable air game gets you nowhere. Gotta have the ground. We ain’t got it. F oh dear.

  • Grumpastickalon

    Welcome in the era of ReggieBall, just like BillyBall.

  • Grumpastickalon

    Sh!t oh dear, WTF. Damn sh!t makes no sense. We’re effed. We’ll have a team of scrubs before nightfall.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    it sucks that everyone in the west is getting better and the raiders are signing crap

  • 504 Raider

    October 23, 2011.

    On this day I had the experience of my life by attending my First Raiders game in Oakland. I’ve been to several on the road. But anyway, here is my lasting memory of Bush:

    1st and goal from the 3 and we ran Bush three times out of 4 and we turned it over on downs. 3rd and 4th downs were from the 1. Nuff Said. With a big fat Priest, Period!

  • Grumpastickalon

    Why would you give up a proven if DMAC goes to the Pats for a effin unknown? We’re entering the twilight zone again, or did we really ever leave…… Piss or dear, I know I’m pickin fly sh!t outta pepper here, but this ain’t good. We were just a tweak away from the playoffs, and all that tweak needed was a DC. WTF oh dear.

  • YoungAmerican

    I love it that some Raider fans are freaking out over the new approach. As if the last two decades of throwing boatloads of cash at any guy who even remotely resembled a football player worked out for them.

  • 504 Raider

    We’ve made big splashes damn near every year in free agency for the last 10 years and look where it got us. So I really like the way this offseason is going.

    Like Tommy Kelly said when asked if he played fantasy football: “I play real football.”

    So this Reggie and DA era ain’t fantasy football. It’s real football.

  • Grumpastickalon

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    it sucks that everyone in the west is getting better and the raiders are signing crap
    ——————————————————-
    The cheap, the scrubs and the leftovers.

  • Twocents

    I see that many in the Nation are in panic mode. Run sheeple, run!

  • kokomo

    Vittorio Tafur @VittorioTafur
    ·More
    Re Wisniewski, McKenzie said he’s moving to center (w/ Carlisle @ LG, Brisiel @ RG) but that could change if they find C they can’t pass up

  • DMAC

    DKnight007 Says:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    15.RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 9:19 am
    FA RB’s

    Cedric Benson
    Ryan Grant
    LaDainian Tomlinson
    Jackie Battle
    Ronnie Brown
    Justin Forsett
    Earnest Graham
    Tim Hightower
    Thomas Jones
    Mewelde Moore
    Maurice Morris
    Chester Taylor
    Derrick Ward
    Carnell Williams

    ^^^^^^^^
    Hightop Hightower is the only FA backup RB I would want out of this group. Maaaaaaybe Ryan Grant also.

    Otherwise, look for Chubby McK to draft Terrance Ganaway from Baylor in Round 5 possibly.
    ===========

    I’ll take a young Jackie Battle for the cheap.

  • kellygreenninja

    This is from Vittorio’s Tafur’s Twitter feed from today. He got to see McKenzie at Stanford’s pro day.

    Vittorio Tafur ‏ @VittorioTafur

    Re Wisniewski, McKenzie said he’s moving to center (w/ Carlisle @ LG, Brisiel @ RG) but that could change if they find C they can’t pass up

    Also, McKenzie said getting a backup QB now, just like adding a backup RB now, is “low priority”. He’s not worried about it

    If they need more money, Reggie said they could always restructure/redo deals, mentioned Tyvon Branch

    Ideally, it wouldn’t come to that and McKenzie would get a OLB in late free agency or in draft

    McKenzie confident enough in his scouting abilities that he thinks he could find a potential starting LB in undrafted rookie after draft …

    McKenzie: “I need to find a starting outside linebacker. Other than that, we could field a team and compete right now”

    McKenzie also knew no shot at re-signing Mike Bush; he is very confident they can find another RB in late free agency or draft

    McKenzie: “If we kept Wimbley we wouldn’t have been able to sign all the guys we did”
    26m Vittorio Tafur Vittorio Tafur ‏ @VittorioTafur

    McKenzie said he really liked LB Kam Wimbley but knew right off the Raiders couldn’t afford to keep him …
    28m Vittorio Tafur Vittorio Tafur ‏ @VittorioTafur

    McKenzie: “We solidified our offensive line and cornerback situation.” When 49ers waived CB Spencer, Raiders knew they wanted him

    GM Reggie McKenzie said #Raiders have “less” than $4 mil in cap space, and pleased with how offseason has gone thus far

  • R41D8R41IF3

    I seem to be the only Raider fan to think that Bush got a bum deal, and if that is what it was going to take to re sign him the Raiders should have pulled the trigger. Yeah he is 29, but 3.5 mill a year for a player who is capable of running for 1,200+ yards, 10 + Tds a season is a bargain. I think we F$%^KD up letting him walk. Hell a lot of us were thinking the Franchise was the way to go with him this of season.

  • Reggies Freckled Face

    at 369

    fans are in panic mode because Darren McFadden is now a Green Bay Packer… (see post 357)

  • DMAC

    YoungAmerican Says:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I love it that some Raider fans are freaking out over the new approach. As if the last two decades of throwing boatloads of cash at any guy who even remotely resembled a football player worked out for them.
    ========

    Yeah, real head scratcher.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Dakota.. was it you who had the “Rue the Day” DMAC list?. it would be interesting to see again.

  • DMAC

    We still need a pass rusher and some LB’s.

  • 504 Raider

    373.R41D8R41IF3 Says:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    I seem to be the only Raider fan to think that Bush got a bum deal, and if that is what it was going to take to re sign him the Raiders should have pulled the trigger. Yeah he is 29, but 3.5 mill a year for a player who is capable of running for 1,200+ yards, 10 + Tds a season is a bargain. I think we F$%^KD up letting him walk. Hell a lot of us were thinking the Franchise was the way to go with him this of season.

    ————————————————————————————————————————

    Nah it’s three of yall. You, Priest, and Silvernblackbleeder who actually bleeds red Louisville Cardinal blood.

  • R41D8R41IF3

    Re-signing Bush, and having a true 2 back offense with split carries in order to keep both backs healthy was the way to go. Im going to miss Bush running over people.

  • DMAC

    Im going to miss Bush running over people.
    =========

    What???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • raiderjhawk

    All these people in here on the regular are making up new screen names so they can come in here and freak the f out, that way if things work out okay they won’t catch any heat for acting a fool.

    I for one like our approach this year, obviously throwing money at anyone with a name hasn’t worked for the last 10 yrs. I trust Reggie and his scouting abilities to put together a competitive team, it might take a year but I think we’ll be better in the long run.

  • DMAC

    Are you guys also going to miss CP getting sacked or getting hit and throwing an INT, because he (Bush) couldn’t block?

  • DMAC

    The PM crew is melting down.
    Straight panic mode.
    LMAO
    Ya’ll be cool.
    I’m gone.

  • R41D8R41IF3

    # DMAC Says:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Are you guys also going to miss CP getting sacked or getting hit and throwing an INT, because he (Bush) couldn’t block?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    I see your point budy, lets get Taiwan in there to block and all of his 125 pounds.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Reggie’s Freckled Face: Challenging Beeecham/Capt Stubing for Ulitimate Witlessness and Biggest Waste of Time Posts.

  • Reggies Freckled Face

    #384

    LOL!

  • Seymour Bush

    YoungAmerican Says:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I love it that some Raider fans are freaking out over the new approach.
    ====================================

    Those aren’t Raider fans. They are SF Whiner + Dungver trolls who come here to demoralize the fan base.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    According to Reggie, we need a starting OLB, but this team is ready. He also said:
    LG: Cooper C
    C: Wiz
    RG: Brisiel

  • Twocents

    Reggie McKenzie to taunts from the Raider Nation, “I have not yet begun to fight.”

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Reggies Freckled Face Says:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    at 369

    fans are in panic mode because Darren McFadden is now a Green Bay Packer… (see post 357)

    ==============================================

    Shouldn’t there be a rule against trolls posting obviously false crapola just to get a rise out of people?

  • Reggies Freckled Face

    @385

    dont believe me about Darren Mcfadded being traded?

    here’s the link

    http://www.uptominutesports.com/darrenmcftopack/whenyomyyowda/ujustmaduwastedtimegoogling/frmraiders

  • Seymour Bush

    Look at the way the Packers have been built:

    Donald Drive, their best receiver for the past 10 years: 7th rounder

    Scott Wells: starting Center: 7th rounder

    Aaron Rodgers: After thought. They didn’t want him, didn’t need him, but he was too good to pass up at that point.

    Tramon Williams: starting corner, undrafted.

    In fact AJ Hawk, one of their lst rounders has been one of the guys that has been the biggest disappointment.

    Bottom line: Reggie McKenzie has done a very very good job of recognizing talent, especially in later rounds or not drafted at all. After the Randy Moss, Jivin’ Walker, Lamont Jordan, Kerry Collins, signings, GOOD, GO CHEAP!!

  • PlunkforHOF

    Shouldn’t there be a rule against trolls posting obviously false crapola just to get a rise out of people?

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    It would only be enforcible if the Mods were competent at their job and focused on having a quality product vs the max number of hits

  • Twocents

    Every year it is the same thing, some teams throw big money at “sure things”.
    Money can’t buy success. If it could AD would have won at least another Super Bowl or two.

  • TROOF

    391. You’re a pathetic sack of f*kk U know that? GET A LIFE ALREADY!!!!!!

  • RAIDER WEAPON X http://www.raidernationstation.com/raider_nation_station

    395. Oh I completely agree…

  • RAIDER WEAPON X http://www.raidernationstation.com/raider_nation_station

    Oops, meant 394. !

    Go Raiders!~

  • Reggies Freckled Face

    Pull strings and you’ll sing me a song, YOU’RE MY PUPPET!

  • Twocents

    Yes, let’s pass another law that forbids swindlers from lying to us.
    The swindlers are the ones passing the laws.

  • hendu

    Raider O,here are my mega millions # for fri,MAR 23RD,1,15,17,19,52,MEGA 12,Raiders!!!!