While the emergence of Steve Johnson has been an exciting story line this season, I believe that the Bills could stand to add another playmaker to keep defenses honest. In no way would I condone taking a WR early in the draft next year. However, there is one Pro Bowl WR out there waiting to happen and it won’t take that match to do so. That man is Reggie Bush.
The Bills most certainly do not need to add a RB. However, I would rarely line up Reggie in the backfield. I feel that as a full-time receiver, the man could be close to dominant. What makes a good WR? For starters, he needs soft hands. As a rookie, he caught 88 passes. Bush has stick ‘em hands, and current USC head coach Lane Kiffin has said that Bush could have been a 1st round pick as a WR if he went in that direction collegiately. Is he fast and elusive? He ran a 4.33 40 at his Pro Day and I don’t have to explain how elusive Reggie is. Does he run good routes? Check out Reggie’s TD reception on Patrick Willis, arguably the game’s premier defensive player, in Week 2. Reggie has a solid build as well, checking in at 6-0, 205.
Well, now that I’ve established why Chan would love having that type of weapon to move around, the next logical step would be finding a way to acquire him. He currently has one more year left on his rookie deal he signed in ’06. However, there is a good chance that the Saints won’t be able to afford his $11.8 million price tag next season. He will most likely be traded or released. I would be willing to part with a 3rd round pick for him and maybe a conditional in 2012. If he’s released, we could negotiate a less daunting figure with him, but obviously so could the 31 other teams in the league.
The addition of Bush as a full-time receiving threat would vastly improve the Bills’ firepower without having to spend our two “building block” picks to do it. Lee Evans would take the top off of defenses, Stevie Johnson would be our possession guy, and Reggie would be a threat to score from anywhere. Throw in an emerging Roscoe Parrish and red-zone target David Nelson and that is one heck of a receiving core.