Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 3/14/12

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that running back Michael Bush formerly of the Oakland Raiders will be coming to Chicago to visit with the Bears.   Bush is a big powerful back who has averaged 4.2 YPC in his career and is coming off one of his best pro seasons.  Bush rushed for 977 yards and seven touchdowns with the Raiders last season. 

He came into the league in 2008 and if he signed with the Bears would be a major upgrade over Marion Barber behind starter Matt Forte.  The Bears have two free agent RBs on the roster, Forte who has been given the franchise tag, and restricted free agent Khalil Bell who was given a matching contract tender offer. 

With Mike Martz moving on the Bears have mentioned going to a heavier rushing attack approach with new OC Mike Tice.  Bush would seem to fit the bill as a quality backup to Forte who would be a good short yardage option and touchdown machine.  In addition to be a short yardage specialist, Bush could keep Forte fresh. 

The positive news in this development is it lets Forte know he'll have competition but he'll also be kept fresh so he can have a long career here in Chicago.  The visit also means that Phil Emery is being proactive in his approach, meaning if Khalil Bell signs elsewhere the Bears won't be left scrabmling to find a back up RB.  

Smart front offices don't go into the draft with glaring obvious needs because it gives you less flexbility in terms of trading up or down and it gives other teams leverage over you. 

The only question is at what cost would Bush come to the Bears and why isn't he seeking out a team that gives him an immediate starting chance?  

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