Originally written on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 11/8/14
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The Chicago Bears announced today they have reached a four-year deal with RB Michael Bush formerly of the Oakland Raiders.  Bush a 6-foot-1 245-pound RB gives the Bears a short yardage presence in the back field and likely ends the tenure of Marion Barber in Chicago.

He rushed 632 times for 2,642 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and 21 touchdowns in 61 career games. Bush had his most productive pro season in 2011, setting career highs in attempts (256), yards (977), touchdowns (7), receptions (37), receiving yards (418) and starts (9) while playing in all 16 games.

Bush is a versatile back that will work well in the Tice offense helping to lessen the load on Forte while also pushing Forte as the starter.  The Bears had their best success when they had two productive backs in 2006 with Thomas Jones leading the way and Cedric Benson spelling Jones.

The Bears had their most productive rushing offense in over 20 years this past season when they ran for over 2,015 yards on the season for a team average of 4.4 yards per carry.

With Mike Tice taking over as offensive coordinator the Bears are expected to focus even more on the run this year.  Bush will be a strong player to compliment Forte, he's shown the ability to be as productive as Forte with his career average of 4.2 YPC.

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