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(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Reggie Bush is a Lion.
The Detroit Lions landed their top free agent target today, signing Bush during his visit to Detroit.
The NFL Network reported the deal is for four years.
Bush, who's coming off the two best rushing seasons of his career, will take over as the Lions' top rushing threat and fill a role similar to what the team envisioned from Jahvid Best when it moved up to draft him in the first round out of Cal three years ago.
"Definitely where we are, he definitely would be the missing piece," guard Rob Sims said today. "With our aerial attack, and he can catch the ball the way we can out of the backfield and some of the other running game stuff we got in place, I think it's tailor-made for him."
Bush ran for 986 yards last year with the Miami Dolphins and had the first 1,000-yard rushing season of his career in 2011. He won a Super Bowl with New Orleans in 2009, and has three seasons with at least 50 catches.
They Lions ranked 23rd in the league in rushing offense last year, at 100.8 yards per game, but no team had fewer carries of 20-plus yards (just four, including one by receiver Mike Thomas on an end-around), and opposing defenses showed little respect for their run game.
Bush, a dynamite playmaker since he won the Heisman Trophy at USC, figures to change that, and Sims said that will have a drastic impact on the offense.
"I think it was obvious with the stuff that Jahvid could do his first five games when we had him healthy (in 2011), we were just better," Sims said. "Simple as that. We missed that last year for sure."
The Lions also signed defensive lineman Jason Jones to a three-year contract today and agreed to terms with cornerback Chris Houston on a five-year deal.
Safety Glover Quin also is visiting the team today.
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