Originally posted on Phins Phocus  |  Last updated 1/28/13

A report surfaced this after from CBS's sports Jason La Canfora that the Dolphins are highly unlikely to bring back running back Reggie Bush. Reggie didn't quite come close to leading the league in rushing this year but has been a very respectable weapon in the Dolphins offense. He has missed his fare share of holes however has provided a lift to the Dolphins offense on many occasion. Reggie struggled with consistency however it appeared that later in the year this season the Dolphins coaching staff was finally starting to figure out how to properly utilize Reggie's skill set. Despite Jeff Ireland's commitment to adding playmakers to the Dolphins roster it appears the Dolphins might let their best one walk this offseason. Bush would hit a very thin free agent market for running backs where he would probably be most attractive options to teams. Along with Bush, Shonn Green, Peyton Hillis, Rashard Mendenhall and Cedrick Benson are the only two other somewhat viable options this offseason. That being said I am not totally sold the Dolphins will let Reggie leave town so easily. Reggie loves Miami and should the market be somewhat soft, the Dolphins would bring him back at a cap friendly deal. As scary as a thought as it may be Ireland and the Dolphins brass seem to have confidence in fumbling machine Daniel Thomas and unproven Lamar Miller. Both have struggled in pass protection and neither have shown any reason for confidence that they can be a formidable force in the back field. The Dolphins will undoubtedly look for 3rd down  / scat back should Reggie leave either through free agency or the draft. Running back Eddie Lacy from Alabama looks like a stud in the making however his price tag of a 2nd or maybe even 1st round draft pick would be too much for the Dolphins who have other needs to address first. Later round options however include Clemson's Andre Ellington who presents the speed Miami needs, Montee Ball  from Wisconsin, Florida's Mike Gillislee and Stanford's Stefan Taylor. Reggie however will be hard to replace in the locker room as he has really stepped up in a leadership role in Miami. The market for Reggie will determine if he is back or not but I don't think there is any doubt that his time in Miami has been a success.

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