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Monday, December 31, 2012
Reggie Bush: 'Hopefully I'll be back'

By James Walker

Running back Reggie Bush isn't sure if he’s played his last game with Miami Dolphins (7-9). His two-year contract with Miami ended with Sunday’s regular-season finale against the New England Patriots.

Bush, who led Miami in rushing with 986 yards, is one of several in-house free agents looking to cash in. But the Dolphins haven’t made any formal offers to Bush during the season, leaving his return in flux.

"I still feel there’s still some unfinished business left, so we’ll see what happens when we sit down and contract time comes," Bush said Monday. "Hopefully, I'll be back."

In just two years, Bush became a leader in the Dolphins' locker room. He led by example and rushed for 2,072 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons. Many weeks, Bush was the only consistent playmaker in Miami's on offense.

With plenty of cap room, the Dolphins have the flexibility and money available to re-sign Bush. But they don’t want to overpay for his services.

Miami has the potential to be a team on the rise and Bush wants to be a part of it. The Dolphins appeared to find the right people this year in rookie head coach Joe Philbin and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

"I like where this team is headed," Bush said. "I think what Coach Philbin brings to this team is really special, and I think the direction this team is headed is a positive direction. He's going in the right direction, so we’ll leave it at that."