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Reggie Bush released by Detroit Lions

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The Detroit Lions have released Reggie Bush. I don't know that the 49ers will kick the tires, but as a potential change-of-pace backup (particularly if Frank Gore walks), maybe he is worth a look.

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NFL free agency is two weeks away, and the blood-letting has begun in earnest this week! The Detroit Lions joined other teams in clearing roster and cap space, as they released running back Reggie Bush, according to multiple national reports. The Lions clear $1.7 million in cap space with the release. If they had waited until the new league year, and designated him a post-June 1 cut, they would have saved $3.5 million.

From what I am seeing among Detroit and national media, this move is not particularly surprising. Bush played in 11 games last year, as injuries slowed him considerably. Bush turns 30 next month. He is not the guy he once was, but considering his injury history, it has been a fairly frustrating career for him. He surpassed 1,000 yards rushing twice, in 2011 and 2013. He has caught between 34 and 54 passes each year since 2008, but just has not quite panned out like many thought he would.

Now, that being said, it seems likely that he will find an opportunity somewhere in the league. The 49ers running back situation is in a bit of flux with Frank Gore's future undetermined, but there is one possibility. If Gore walks, Carlos Hyde is likely the starter in 2015. However, adding a back like Bush, or with Bush's potential skillset, would be of value behind Hyde. There is no reason to think Bush will be that guy, but I don't see why we can't at least keep him on the radar.