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saintfan 04-07-2014 06:22 PM

Saints couldn't afford to let Bush go
 
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The New Orleans Saints’ first gamble didn’t pay off. They hoped to retain restricted-free-agent safety Rafael Bush at a discount rate of $1.4 million.

But then the division-rival Atlanta Falcons swooped in and tried to steal Bush away from them. And that was a risk the Saints weren’t willing to take.


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The Saints matched Atlanta’s offer for Bush (reportedly worth up to $4.5 million over two years). Even though the Saints are tight on salary-cap space, they figured losing Bush to the Falcons was the kind of double whammy they couldn’t afford.

Bush, 26, is a player on the rise. And he was starting to establish himself as a bruising hitter in the open field by the end of last season.

Now New Orleans is suddenly loaded with depth in the secondary -- and the Falcons are still searching for a starting safety.

Saints couldn't afford to let Bush go - NFC South Blog - ESPN

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|Mitch| 04-07-2014 06:25 PM

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As for Bush, he admitted to The Advocate’s Ramon Antonio Vargas that he was attracted to the opportunity in Atlanta, but only because the Falcons were offering more money and a better opportunity for a starting job.

Now that the Saints stepped up and showed him how much they value him, he insisted he’s still fired up about staying in NOLA – even if it’s in a No. 3 safety role alongside starters Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro.

“This team is going to make some big noise. I’m excited,” said Bush
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Jack Vegas 04-07-2014 06:28 PM

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Same thing I've been saying all along. You don't develop young players like this and just let them walk right when they start getting good. Especially not when they cost practically nothing.

exile 04-07-2014 06:30 PM

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Plus you never want to lose a player with knowledge of a playbook to a division rival.

saintsfan1976 04-07-2014 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Jack Vegas (Post 587459)
Same thing I've been saying all along. You don't develop young players like this and just let them walk right when they start getting good. Especially not when they cost practically nothing.

You can when the money runs out.

saintsfan1976 04-07-2014 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by exile (Post 587462)
Plus you never want to lose a player with knowledge of a playbook to a division rival.

Not ideal but also not the end of the world. Players make plays. And just look at how our roster turned over this year.

CheramieIII 04-07-2014 06:55 PM

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Consistency kills. Keep as many players as possible from year to year and your team percentage wise will always come out better than someone with a lot of turn over year to year. Just one part of the winning game

Rugby Saint II 04-07-2014 07:33 PM

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Saints couldn't afford to let Bush go..........oh, I see what they're doing.

ChrisXVI 04-07-2014 07:39 PM

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We most certainly could have afforded to let him go. In fact, it could've worked to our advantage to let Atlanta start our backup safety... You know, Bush not being that great of a free safety.

gulfgambler 04-07-2014 07:44 PM

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[QUOTE=saintsfan1976;587465]You can when the money runs out.[/QUOte.

Not when you have one of the best counterfeiters in the business.
You go Mickey.............


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