Looks like we have three more years of Jarrett Bush. I don’t really care either way. The world needs ditch-diggers too, and by that I mean NFL teams need guys deep on the depth chart.
Despite not being very popular among fans (I know he made a couple of my top ten lists due to his crappiness), six NFL teams were interested in him. Bush is athletic and young enough to turn it around easily. He started in all games in 2007, struggled in 2008, and for a young player he has a lot of experience. He has that Ahmad Carroll thing about him(AHHH!) with the youth and talent but the difference is he’s deep on the depth chart, not plugged into the number two corner spot. Our guys know what they’re doing.
How many people think of Kregg Lumpkin when Ryan Grant is running the ball? How many think of Flynn when Rodgers is tossing touchdowns? Do you think of Kenny Pettway when Kampman gets sacks? Probably not. Those guys are backups and special teamers and you never think twice about them. Same thing here.
Yes, Bush sucked on special teams. He’d get down there, then miss a tackle. The thing is most cornerbacks on special teams usually have those problems. Think of special team tackling studs around the NFL. If you were actually to name a couple, you’d notice they weren’t corners. Linebackers and defensive ends are the studs on special teams units. This year with the 3-4, we’ll have more LB’s and DE’s out there so Bush won’t be on an island. He might actually contribute, but I wouldn’t put money on it.
It will take serious injuries to get Bush on the playing field. The injury to Pat Lee paved the way for more Bush in 2008. Injuries and lack of depth at safety got him out there last year but this year we’ll be healthy and we already signed another safety valve in Anthony Smith, pun intended.
A lot will say “b-b-b-but Tramon Williams needs to be paid!” and I’ll say he will. It’s March. Who knows, maybe with a real defensive coordinator and new special teams coach, the young man (24 years old) will thrive. If not, he’ll be buried on the depth chart and play special teams. How is that a big deal? The worst case scenario is him backing up big men on special teams, instead of BEING the big man on special teams (I really love the 3-4).
Of course Alex freaked out about the signing. He hates Bush, and for the most part I don’t blame him. Alex said that Bush “has all the athletic tools…doesn’t make him any smarter on the field.” I agree with that. You know what could make him smarter on the field? Better coaches.
All in all, not a huge deal. 3 years, 1.4 million in 2011 is the most his base salary ever gets. Oh no! There’s also playing time incentives which will give Bush more reason to actually not suck.
For the record, Bush is 5th on the depth chart at cornerback. After free agency and the draft, expect him to be 6th.
The world needs ditch-diggers too, and we have ours.