Sources have confirmed to SB Nation Bay Area that Oakland Raiders free agent running back Michael Bush flew down to Arizona today to conduct a workout and interview with the Arizona Cardinals. The Raiders free agent back is one of the more highly sought after running backs on the market following the wave of running back franchise tags.
While Michael Bush is a guy the Raiders might love to retain, the salary numbers make it incredibly difficult. The Raiders managed to get back under the salary cap by the start of the new league year, but it is just barely so. Bush has been connected with a variety of teams, with some folks thinking the Cincinnati Bengals might look to use him to replace Cedric Benson. The Cardinals have a host of running backs, so this is an intriguing possibility for them. Of course, give the banged-up nature of their backs, adding a guy like Michael Bush could be right up their alley.
For the Raiders, losing Bush would mean hoping for health from Darren McFadden, which has been a frequent issue in his career. Taiwan Jones showed some explosiveness, but the Raiders likely need to add some kind of significant depth behind McFadden.