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Jarrett Bush Re-Signs With Packers on Three-Year Deal

A league source has told Scout.com's Aaron Wilson that free-agent cornerback Jarrett Bush has re-signed with the Green Bay Packers on a three-year deal. Immediate financial details were not announced.

Veteran free agent defensive back Jarrett Bush has agreed to a three-year contract to stay with the Green Bay Packers after visiting the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

According to Rob Demovsky, Bush's agent said that the 27-year-old was only going to leave Green Bay if he received  "starter's money" and "a starting situation." As you'd expect, no team was willing to oblige those offers.

Much-maligned by Packers fans early in his career, Bush developed into a key part of the special teams unit in Green Bay over the last handful of seasons. According to Pro Football Focus, no player on the Packers roster has more special teams tackles the last two years than Bush's 21.

While he is likely to remain a liability in coverage as a nickel or dime cornerback, Bush did play on almost 150 defensive snaps in 2011. After the season, coach Mike McCarthy said that he regretted not playing Bush in the secondary more as the year wore on.

In six seasons with the Packers, Bush has seven starts, 130 tackles, 1.5 sacks and three interceptions, including two last season.

Contract parameters for Bush's deal might be found in the three-year, $6 million ($1.8 million guaranteed) agreement the San Francisco 49ers made with special teams standout C.J. Spillman in early March. Bush's agent did confirm through Demovsky that his new three-year deal was better than the previous one he negotiated for in Green Bay.

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PackersRS's picture

YES!

Jeremy's picture

Never thought I'd agree on Jarrett Bush but Special Teams is finally acceptable and Bush is a big part of it. Actually Pat Lee has been pretty good on ST too

cole's picture

Good move. Bush has proven his value IMO.

CSS's picture

I'm guessing I'll like this signing more than most. In a league that's embracing an offensive philosophy that forces defenses to go dime more every single year I'll gladly take a veteran that knows the defensive scheme/philosophy, has the ability to flex to either safety or corner and is dependable and aggressive on special teams.

Provided they didn't overpay in a market that only wanted him in the same capacity as Green Bay did, this is a good retention.

pkrNboro's picture

I like it, too.

We know that he's mainly ST.

And when he's on defense, he's slot-blitzing.

But, I sure hope I see a "jump" in House!

PackersRS's picture

I said what I said in jest but I somewhat agree.

It's undeniable that he's a key (and very good) ST player, that he's durable and versatile.

The problem is how they'll use him, and how much money he's making. I hope it's near the LOS, and not much. Not because he doesn't deserve, but because it's hard to argue lack of cap space if there's a substantial part of it going to a special teamer/dimeback.

BubbaOne's picture

+1

RockinRodgers's picture

Good S/T player. Would prefer to not see him in coverage too much. Solid blitzer.

It's crazy that Jarrett Bush could almost play 10 years for the Packers. Who would of thought.

Bearmeat's picture

As long as he's not overpaid - this is a great move.

tony's picture

Bush has grown on me, as long as he never steps on the field in a non-special teams situation. Dude's great on punts.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

That's my sentiment. But, unfortunately, he will see the field on D.

chicago hooligan's picture

Seeing Jarrett Bush get an interception in a Super Bowl was cooler than the first time I saw a boob.

Point Packer's picture

That's a stretch.

Oppy's picture

Don't be so hasty to call that a stretch, Point Packer.. Don't forget, we don't know what that boob looked like.

packsmack25's picture

This guy won everyone over with his attitude. What a guy. I can't believe I used to hate him to the core.

cow42's picture

Who cares?
There are 100's of guys who can do what Bush does.
Fix the center position.
And get us a frickin' pass rush.

Watching Suh sprint into #12's chest will suck.

And I'm willing to bet that when I have to watch opposing QB after opposing QB sit and pat the ball for 5+ seconds on every drop back I WILL NOT be thinking "man - sure is cool that we have bush for 3 more years to down punts".

Evan's picture

Good god this is obnoxious. Take a deep breath. It's March 20th, dude. I can just about guarantee when the Packers take the field in September there will be a center snapping the ball.

This is a good signing.

Oppy's picture

Sometimes you make it truly difficult for me to believe that I often defended your right to an opinion and stuck up for the validity of those opinions.

You seriously need to unwind.

toolkien's picture

1) 5 seconds? More like 3. The Packers got a dose of what they've been handing out - quick passes to TE's and WR's before the rush can get home.

2) While I agree the Pack need a better pass rush, those squawking that TT HAS to change his ways to get it are talking out of their asses. The Packers have arguably been the best team in the NFL over the last three years. They are grouped at the very top with the Patriots and Saints and they are all built pretty much the same way - great offense and mediocre defenses that take the ball away. The "TT's GOTTA make some moves in free agency" and "TT's GOTTA trade up in the draft and get a stud". Both TT and BB (for the Pats) go for quantity (and modularity) over (supposed) quality.

Last, everyone is too up in arms about yardage. The Packers and Patriots are at the top of the league consistently in turnover margin, which is more important. The Chargers lead the league in yardage, but was 26th in turnover, margin over the last two years and didn't make the playoffs either year. Last year, the Eagles made a bunch of free agent moves, had good to very good offense and defense in 2011, were 4th in yardage differential, but were 30th in turnover margin and didn't make the playoffs in 2011.

Yards in this modern NFL don't matter as much as turnover margin. And the team who was #1 or #2 in turnover margin in the playoffs the last 12 years has won the Super Bowl, so it's advantageous to be a team that is very good at turnover margin in the regular season, one would think. It didn't do the Saints any harm in 2009, or the Packers in 2010. If the turnover margin potency isn't maintained, mortality descends quickly, but it remains that turnover margin is essential in regular season success for many teams (those skewed to their offense philosophically) and is pretty much a necessity in the postseason. The fact that the Packers gave up a heavy number of yards between the 20's in 2011 isn't wonderful, but it's not the-sky-is-falling/TT-has-got-to-get-with-it narrative the alarmists are trotting out.

packeraaron's picture

<em>"I agree the Pack need a better pass rush, but those squawking that TT HAS to change his ways to get it are talking out of their asses"</em>

I may frame this. Thank you.

New cow smell's picture

I disagree. You should be going for it all every year that you have rodgers. He's no spring chicken. Window closes a bit more every year.

By the way-the defense was horrible. Spin it however you want. I bet the defensive players and staff would agree with me.

If/when the turnovers dry up-it's not gonna be pretty. They better be able to score 35+ a game next season.

Cuphound's picture

The times they are a changin'...

PackersThad's picture

Very happy about the Bush re-signing, but I wanted to write in to comment on the great writing by Zach! Excellent read. Good pacing and very informative! Welcome to CHTV!!

AJKUHN's picture

Glad to see this. His solid special teams play is great to have, and I like his physicality in the secondary. He seems to play a lot better when he is facing the QB, if his hips flip it's over, but he doesn't miss tackles often. If he is used more like a safety or as a zone guy I think he will do alright. Pat Lee on the other hand, needs to be released and let a new guy work that roster spot. Still hope to see something from House and a good off season for Shields. (In the words of Greg Jennings "Jarrett Bush makin plays")

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