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Bears agree to terms with RB Michael Bush

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The Bears have agreed to terms with former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush on a four-year contract worth a reported $14 million.

The 6-1, 245-pound Bush, a fourth-round draft pick out of Louisville in 2007, played in 62 games in four seasons with the Raiders, starting 16 starts over the past three seasons. He rushed for 977 yards on 256 carries (3.8 yards per carry) with seven touchdowns last season.

With his versatility, Bush could be the best complementary back the Bears have had since Matt Forte became their starter in 2008. Bush has the size to score inside the 5-yard line -- he has 15 rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons, including 13 from the three yards or less. He is a productive receiver -- he had 37 receptions for 418 yards (11.3 per catch) and a touchdown last year. And he can carry a heavy load as a No. 1 back -- he had 30 carries for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers and 30 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings in back-to-back road games last season.

With Kahlil Bell being tendered as a restricted free agent, it appears Marion Barber's short career with the Bears is over. Bush also gives the Bears a viable option should the worst-case scenario ensue in negotiations with Forte on a long-term contract.

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Wow was I wrong, I figured the Bears brought Michael Bush in last week as a way to speed things up with Matt Forte's contract. The team must really be unhappy with Marion Barber. This is the 3rd year in a row Chicago has brought in a runner to spell Forte, from Chester Taylor to Barber to now Bush.

I like Bush, not only does he add some power runner between the tackles, but he can catch also, which will make him coming in not so predictable to opposing defenses.

Can you tell Phil Emery worked in the AFC west, 3 of his major signings have all got ties to the AFC west, Marshall ( Dolphian but was a former Bronco), Campbell (former Raider), and Bush (former Raider), probably not a coincidence.

The main surprise to me this off season is the fact Chicago still hasn't resigned defensive tackle Amobi Okoye? Either the team likes someone in the draft at DT, or they see something in 1st year player Jordan Miller. He's got power, 30 reps on the bench, and in 2009 at Southern had 5.5 sacks with 11 tackles for loss from his DT position, and in 2010 had 9 sacks with 15 TFL. He could be an up and comer? Should be interesting GO BEARS!!

I told you Forte could easily be replaced. The problem is, he's still here!

Perhaps the Bears will trade Forte for a pick or two. But Mario Williams is gone now. Too late to get him like the Bears should have. And there's probably not much left on the FA market.

I wondered if what the Bears were doing with signing Jason Campbell and pursuing Bush was that they were looking into the future for replacements if they lost Forte and Cutler to FA.

Planning deep into the future would be new to the Bears usual way of doing things.

Building for depth? Since when do the Bears do that?

With some of these latest Offensive moves I see the fingerprints of Bates/Cutler/Tice.

Lovie/ Emery are just going along with what they've been asked to get.

Bates and Cutler wanted Marshall and I suspect Tice wanted Bush. They should've gone for Grossman as a cheap backup who knows the system instead of renting Campbell for the year, so I suspect Campbell was Lovie's idea.

Hopefully the Bears cut Forte loose and save $7.7 mil or trade him for picks at some point in the future. Then trade Campbell for picks during the season when some other teams QB goes down, since Campbell is probably here for just one year anyway. And in that context, they still should've gotten Grossman as 3rd QB as well for $1 mil. so they could then easily trade Campbell.

But as I told you before, you can't trust the Bears to do the right thing!

GO LOVIE BEARS!


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