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Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years Draft

Discussion in 'All Other Team Discussions' started by PackerLegend, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. PackerLegend

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    No. 2 overall pick and Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush not only appears headed for a holdout with the New Orleans Saints, a league source said Bush is toying with the idea of sitting out the entire season and going back in the draft in 2007 if he doesn't get his price.

    "No player has ever had the kind of leverage that Reggie Bush has right now," the source said. "The Saints made it clear what they were willing to do before and now we'll see if they're going to get there."

    It seems unlikely the Saints will do that in time for Bush to report to training camp with the team on Thursday in Jackson, Miss. Two sources said that talks between the Saints and agent Joel Segal have been nearly non-existent.


    On Wednesday, Mike Ornstein, who is Bush's marketing agent, told the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., that he didn't think Bush would be signed in time for camp. Ornstein is not allowed to negotiate contracts, but he is acutely aware of all of Bush's business matters.

    One of the sources took that a step further, saying Segal was considering not having Bush sign at all. Segal declined to comment when contacted Friday and messages left with multiple members of the New Orleans organization weren't returned.

    While it appears unlikely on face value that Bush would sit out, he appears well-positioned to do so if he really wants.

    Bush supposedly has more than $5 million in the bank from multiple endorsement deals Ornstein has negotiated since Bush left the University of Southern California. That money is guaranteed regardless of whether Bush plays this season.

    Next, Bush could probably sit out 2006 and still be a high pick next year.

    Furthermore, Bush probably has the public sentiment running in his favor. Even though holdout players are generally unpopular, Bush has caused tremendous excitement in New Orleans.

    In May, shortly after Bush was drafted, the Saints had already set a franchise record for season-ticket sales, having topped 55,000 at that time. That's extraordinary, especially considering the condition of the hurricane-ravaged city.

    Moreover, team owner Tom Benson is immensely unpopular in New Orleans. Ranging from his hard-line negotiations with the city and state to constant threats that he will move the team, Benson is often treated with open scorn by Saints fans.

    Bush has also worked hard to endear himself to fans in the city after it came out that he didn't want to play in New Orleans. Bush has made multiple donations to hurricane relief.
     
  2. arrowgargantuan

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    ha, that will never happen.
     
  3. 4packgirl

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    yikes - and we think the packers have problems?!?!? i had heard some grumblings about this & was wondering if there was anything to it. still not sure that there is but i hope he just signs & plays - new orleans could use a break.
     
  4. longtimefan

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    He was the #2 pick this year does he think he will be the #1 next year??

    What if he isnt drafted #1? What if teams look at him and his absence of PLAYING football for a year?
     
  5. thetombradyhater

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    he's definatly going to hold out, the question is how long
     
  6. DaBearsrule4ever

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    Re: Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years D

    Gee, the Bears know what it's like to see your first round draft pick miss all of training camp, that happened last year with Cedric Benson. So, I have a very good idea what the Saints are going threw with Reggie Bush right now.
     
  7. big3

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    Sitting out a year will cause problems for him on the field. You can't take that much time out from playing a real game, having real practices, and not be affected. See Mike Williams. He was fined over $400,000.00 last year by the Lions for being late for team functions and for being over weight. He was also so out of shape that practice squad players were played while he sat on the bench alot. And that was with Steve Mariucci as a coach who is probably one of the softest in the NFL.Taking a year off will certainly hurt Reggies game.
     
  8. Raider Pride

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    Maybe The Argo's can sign him for a year... Ricky Williams broke his arm.

    If he sits he will not be the Number One pick next year... The number one pick next year will an Irish Q.B. and the next Joe Montana. Mr. Brady Quinn.
     
  9. PackerChick

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    Re: Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years D

    Big draft pick and already hes causing problems. Glad we didnt get him. Did we sign Hawk yet?
     
  10. DaBearsrule4ever

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    Re: Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years D

    Funny how Reggie Bush has yet to prove anything in an NFL GAME. This ain't college Reggie!
     
  11. tromadz

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    wow thats...disgusting.
     
  12. Zero2Cool

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    He's not going to sit out. He will sign with maybe a hold out of five to ten days.

    This was posted as a rumor, obviously it 'd be stupid to hold out. Look how that worked for Mike Williams. lol
     
  13. Philtration

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    It has happened before.
    Bo Jackson was drafted by the Bucs with the first pick in 1986 and decided to sit out rather than play for the worst team in the league. That is how he ended up a Raider.


    Then again, Bush does not have a baseball career to fall back on like Jackson did.
     
  14. DaBearsrule4ever

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    Re: Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years D

    So, are you saying Reggie Bush will play elsewhere? :lol:
     
  15. arrowgargantuan

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    Re: Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years D

    no he's playing devils advocate, it's his thing. :lol:

    this whole story is agent bluffery.

    did i just make up a word? nice.
     
  16. DaBearsrule4ever

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    Re: Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years D

    Yes, yes you did just make up a word. :lol:
     
  17. yooperfan

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    Re: Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years D

    The Saints should pay the man.
    They set a record for season ticket sales and made something like a 100 million dollars off him already.
    Without him they just become the "aints" once again.
     
  18. DePack

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    Re: Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years D


    I agree yooper. If there was no salary cap, his agent could use that argument. They have already made a ton off him but you still need to be able to surround him with some other talent.
     
  19. Zero2Cool

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    Re: Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years D


     
  20. all about da packers

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    Re: Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years D

    Looks like zero has developed ESP.... LP
     
  21. arrowgargantuan

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    nah man..it was less than 5 days :wink:
     
  22. Zero2Cool

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    Re: Reggie Bush Going To Sit Out 2006 And Enter Next Years D

    He will sign with maybe a hold out of five to ten days. <-- :p 'maybe'


    Nah, not ESP. Just smarting off my mouth that's all. I really didn't see him holding out long at all though. The talk of entire season I think was jus fool-talk.
     

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