Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Reggie Bush open to adjusting pay
By Pat Yasinskas
In this radio interview in which he spent a lot of time talking about Twitter and repeating his desire to remain with the New Orleans Saints, running back Reggie Bush actually revealed something that’s sort of new.
Bush, who is scheduled to make $11.8 million in base salary and carry a $16 million cap figure this season, was asked if he’d be willing to take a cut in pay.
“Yeah, I mean, obviously I know there’s going to have to be some type of renegotiation,’’ Bush said. “So that’s where me, my agent and the New Orleans Saints are going to have to come to a happy medium.”
It’s very rare for a player to take a true pay cut. Lots of times, a player who is at the end of a big contract will be signed to an extension that will spread money around for salary-cap purposes. In some instances, teams have cut high-priced players and later re-signed them to much smaller contracts.
I think Bush’s situation falls somewhere between those two scenarios. He’s never lived up to the incredible hype that came with being the No. 2 overall selection in the 2006 draft. But, when healthy, he’s been a big contributor to the offense and as a return man. It might be tough for the Saints to figure out a way to spread out $11.8 million because that’s simply a lot of money to pay a guy who is not a true superstar.
But Bush says he wants to stay with the team and this interview showed he’s willing to work with the Saints. As long as he doesn’t carry out the negotiations via Twitter, I think he and the Saints can find that “happy medium’’ he mentioned.