The New Orleans Saints pulled off a major coup in the wee hours of Thursday morning by trading Reggie Bush to Miami.
The deal is a win-win for the Saints, even if they lost a key part of their offense.
And make no mistake, Bush, for all of his shortcomings, was a critical weapon in Sean Payton's high-octane attack. The Saints offense will be different without Bush. It'll still be potent. But it won't be nearly as versatile. Still, the Saints understood the likelihood of keeping Bush on board was minimal. They tried to keep him but Bush held all the cards.
His $11.8-million base salary was unlivable. With one year left on his contract and the Saints desperately in need of salary cap space to sign free agents, something had to be done. Bush and his agent Joel Segal knew it.