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Old 07-31-2006, 01:48 PM   #1
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Saints and Bush to Sign Deal Today (Monday)

Saints and Bush to sign deal today
Contract reportedly runs 6 years and could total $62 million

Monday, July 31, 2006
By Jimmy Smith



JACKSON, MISS. -- The contract has been finalized, but the recipient of the six-year deal, which could total nearly $62 million with more than $26 million guaranteed, won't arrive in Jackson to sign it until 3:15 this afternoon.

Saints running back Reggie Bush likely won't participate in his first training camp practice until Tuesday morning, when the team is scheduled to have a special-teams session before a full-pads workout Tuesday afternoon.

Bush's agent, Joel Segal, arrived at Millsaps College on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. to meet with his counterpart in the negotiations, Russ Ball, and with Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis.

It took much of the afternoon and evening for Segal and Ball, a senior football administrator for the Saints, to review the terminology in the contract so that it could be prepared for Bush's signature.

The precise terms of the contract won't be available until after Bush signs.

Bush will leave Los Angeles today on a 6 a.m. flight via Atlanta. Part of the delay in his departure stemmed from Bush not having packed because he apparently thought the negotiations might drag on longer.

He was still packing Sunday night.

Loomis: 'I'm excited'

Loomis on Sunday said he thought it was possible to get a deal done quickly, and talks intensified after Thursday's news that Tennessee had signed Vince Young, the third player chosen in the NFL draft, to a contract that could pay him $58 million with $25.74 million guaranteed. That deal established Bush's salary potential in his slot as the second overall choice between Young and first pick Mario Williams, whose deal with Houston included guaranteed money of $26.5 million with a possible total value of $62 million.

"You always expect the best, prepare for the worst," Loomis said. "I'm excited he's on his way. I'm excited he'll be here, excited we have an agreement. To be truthful, I'm disappointed it wasn't Friday afternoon."


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Old 07-31-2006, 03:51 PM   #2
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Bush's arrival delayed to this evening

Monday, 3:30 p.m.

By Benjamin Hochman
Staff writer

JACKSON, MISS. - Here at Jackson-Evers International Airport, sources confirmed that Reggie Bush’s flight plan changed, and he is now expected to arrive on a 6:08 p.m. flight out of Atlanta. The Saints’ No. 1 draft pick was originally scheduled to arrive at 3:15 p.m. Bush will miss the Saints’ afternoon practice today, which begins at 4:20 p.m., but is expected to meet with the media tonight. On Tuesday morning, Bush will go through morning conditional drills and participate in his first practice in the afternoon.



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