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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The New Orleans Saintsí first gamble didnít 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. ...

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Old 04-07-2014, 06:22 PM   #1
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The New Orleans Saintsí first gamble didnít 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 werenít willing to take.


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The Saints matched Atlantaís 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 couldnít 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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Old 04-07-2014, 06:25 PM   #2
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Re: Saints couldn't afford to let Bush go

As for Bush, he admitted to The Advocateís 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 heís still fired up about staying in NOLA Ė even if itís in a No. 3 safety role alongside starters Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro.

ďThis team is going to make some big noise. Iím excited,Ē said Bush
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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.
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Plus you never want to lose a player with knowledge of a playbook to a division rival.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:35 PM   #5
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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.
You can when the money runs out.
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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.
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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
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Saints couldn't afford to let Bush go..........oh, I see what they're doing.
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Re: Saints couldn't afford to let Bush go

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.
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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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