Monday, July 25, 2011
Agent speaks on futures of Bush, Sharper
By Pat Yasinskas
Joel Segal, the agent for New Orleans running back Reggie Bush and safety Darren Sharper, was just on NFL Network and was asked about the future of those two clients.
Segal said he expects to talk to New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis as soon as the lockout is officially lifted.
In the case of Bush, Segal said he’ll listen to what Loomis has to say, report back to his client and proceed from there.
“I think there are a plethora of scenarios that could go on with Reggie," Segal said.
Bush currently is under a contract that is scheduled to pay him $11.8 million in base salary this year and count $16 million against the salary cap. The Saints have implied repeatedly they would like to keep Bush, but would have to re-work his contract. If that doesn’t happen, they likely would release Bush.
Segal made it sound like Sharper probably will end up elsewhere. Sharper had a huge influence as the Saints made their Super Bowl run in 2009. But Sharper had a knee injury that sidelined him at the start of last season. That allowed Malcolm Jenkins to firmly establish himself as the starter at free safety. Although it’s possible the Saints could offer Sharper a chance to stay as a backup, he might have opportunities to start elsewhere.
“Knowing 'Sharp' the way I do, he wants to play," Segal said.