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New Orleans Saints Will Kiss Reggie Bush, Darren Sharper Goodbye?
Written by  // Monday, 27 June 2011 12:13 //

Reggie BushWe can just about to say goodbye to Reggie Bush and Darren Sharper.

Trading Bush isn't an option because another team would have to pick up the final year of his contract, which includes an $11.8 million salary and a bonus.


He currently is scheduled to cost the Saints $16 million against this year's salary cap. If the Saints release him, he is still going to cost the club $3.5 million in cap space compared to where things currently stand.


 Bush is a favorite of Sean Payton, but the Saints might not be able to afford him any longer.

Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theisman said the Saints should keep Bush because a team needs three running backs today.

"Reggie was never a every-down running back, but he's a receiver and kick returner I'd like to have. You put outside as a receiver and a team has to cover him in space, where you want him." 

Another team probably would be willing to pay Bush more than the Saints will agree to when they meet to renegotiate his contract after the lockout. GM Mickey Loomis' hands are tied.

Sharper is a great guy and played a huge role in the Saints' winning their first Super Bowl. But he has been replaced by Malcolm Jenkins, who is an emerging star.

Sharper could start for another team and I don't think he wants a backup job.

Part of the reason players like Bush and Sharper make it to the NFL is because they're so competitive and have so much pride.

If Sharper gets a shot at a starting job somewhere else, he's going to take it.

More Saints:

Pro Football Focus has its projections for running backs this season. Mark Ingram will be workhorse with 198 carries for 850 yards and eight touchdowns. He'll catch 17 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. PFF has Pierre Thomas with 119 carries for 474 yards and 3 touchdowns. He'll catch 31 passes for 252 yards and 1 touchdown. Reggie Bush will have only 40 carries for 166 yards and 1 touchdown and will catch 45 passes for 362 yards and 2 touchdowns. Chris Ivory, last season's leading rusher, is projected to get 12 carries for 53 yards with a catch or a touchdown.

Theisman doesn't project Cam Newton being a star early in his NFL career. "He'll be more like a JaMarcus Russell than a Tim Tebow," said Theisman. "He's a big, strong running quarterback which is good on the college level, but not in the NFL. He hasn't played a lot of football."...Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com believes Saints tackle Jon Stinchcomb is overrated and safety Malcolm Jenkins is underrated. "Stinchcomb is a decent player, but he gets Pro Bowl votes every year," judged Prisco. "That I can't see. Jenkins became a full-time starter last season and made Saints fans forget Darren Sharper. Jenkins is a former corner and has the range to play in the era of wide-open football."...

Question: Should the Saints let Reggie Bush leave?  How much is Bush worth to the Saints?

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