The first domino in a crowded crop of free agent running backs has fallen. Former Dolphins running back Reggie Bush has agreed to a four-year contract with the Lions. According to Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website, a press conference is set for later today.
It's a great fit. Bush, one of the best receivers among RBs, joins forces with a team that has led the league in pass attempts the past two seasons and shows no signs of changing philosophy. So, those in point-per-reception leagues should pay special attention to this news; Bush could be a PPR monster this year. Yahoo's Jason Cole reported last night that the Lions would make Bush their "full-time" starter, moving Mikel Leshoure into a reserve role. Not that Leshoure would be completely irrelevant, but he will probably fill the role that Daniel Thomas did last season in Miami. Joique Bell is hurt the most by this news, because catching is his greatest strength. Bush stayed relatively healthy in Miami, and now he is in a stronger offense, one that is fully committed to giving him the ball in multiple ways. In standard leagues, Bush looks like a high-end RB2 to start this season.
In Miami, this opens the door for Lamar Miller to be the lead back that the franchise thinks he can be. Other than Bush, Miller's fantasy value gets the biggest bump up from this signing.