Reggie Bush wants to return to Saints

New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush (25) runs up the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during first half action at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2, 2011. Defending on the play is the Buccaneers’ Corey Lynch (41). UPI/A.J. Sisco

Two weeks after suggesting on Twitter that the selection of Mark Ingram sealed his fate in New Orleans, Reggie Bush has pulled an about-face and wants “first and foremost” to be a Saint.

From Rotoworld:

Bush regrets his post-draft tweet suggesting the Mark Ingram pick had sealed his fate with the team. “Obviously, sometimes you write things or say things that you wish you shouldn’t have,” Bush said. “(Ingram and) I can definitely help each other.” Bush acknowledges that he and the Saints still have to “handle the business side of things” and “come to a happy medium” on a restructured contract, but he to play the rest of his career in New Orleans. The odds are now much better than 50-50 that Bush will remain with the Saints

The problem is that Bush is set to make $11.8 million next year before he becomes a free agent in 2012. Given his role in Sean Payton’s offense and the fact that the Saints just drafted their running back of the future in Ingram, it’s hard to justify them paying Bush $11.8 million. If he’s willing to restructure his deal to stick around, I’m sure the Saints would love to keep him in New Orleans.

If he does wind up playing elsewhere next year, there have been some rumblings that Bush could be a nice fit for the Colts.

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