While Martin Mayhew, Tom Lewand and Jim Schwartz have been tight-lipped about their preferred targets in free agency, it’s pretty clear who some of the players are campaigning for — running back Reggie Bush.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford is following him on Twitter, though he hasn’t mounted a recruiting campaign just yet, and Nate Burleson made a public plea on NFL Network Monday.
“I’m going to just say this, ‘Reggie Bush, you already took your talents to South Beach, come on to Detroit,’” Burleson said. “I know it’s not as sunny, and it might not be the same type of glitz and glamor, but you can do wonders for us.”
Bush, who is 28, has put together a couple of strong seasons in Miami. He is the dual-threat, game-breaking back the Lions have been looking for since Jahvid Best went down with head injuries. Most consider him the most coveted back on the market.
“Reggie Bush has proven that he’s still explosive,” Burleson said. “He still has that legend behind him. He came from USC, and everybody knows he can go out there and shake a little bit, wiggle a little bit and break that big run.
“And for him to put up two 1,000-yard seasons the last couple years proves that he’s still an elite running back. And if I can get Reggie Bush in a Detroit Lions uniform, ooh-wee, watch out.”