The 2012 league year kicks off in just three days when NFL free agency officially opens. Each team has until then to re-sign their own players, but inevitably some players, no matter how good, will end up wearing new uniforms in 2012. One of those players may be Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush.
NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche considers Bush to be the NFL's best running back to become a free agent on the 13th ahead of Cedric Benson, Mike Tolbert, Peyton Hillis and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and he believes that Bush will be suited up in a Bengals uniform in 2012.
Bush is a capable starter and might be a nice fit in Cincinnati, where Cedric Benson won't be re-signed.
Bush has spent his four-year career as the team's backup running back to Darren McFadden. That doesn't mean that he hasn't seen his fair share of carries though. McFadden has yet to finish a full season in his four-year career, including 2011 when he just played in seven games. Bush has been an able backup for the team, which he showed in 2011 by running for 977 yards and seven touchdowns.
Bush wants to be the top back for a team and staying with Oakland won't get him any closer to making that happen.