The New England Patriots are in search of a new change-of-pace back. And Reggie Bush was in search of a new team.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the organization hosted the free-agent ball-carrier on Friday, just three days after incumbent Shane Vereen left for the New York Giants, and just one day before Bush himself agreed to a deal with the San Francisco 49ers.
Bush, who left New England without an offer, as NBC4’s Dianna Marie Russini reported, played in just 11 games for the Detroit Lions in 2014. He battled injuries in the process of notching 297 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 76 carries, as well as 253 receiving yards on 40 catches.
But just one year prior, the 6-foot, 205-pound USC product picked up 1,006 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 223 carries, tacking on an additional 506 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 53 catches.
The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 draft played his first five NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Bush later joined the Miami Dolphins for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, where he recorded his first 1,000-yard campaign with current Patriots staffers Brian Daboll and Dave DeGuglielmo on hand.
New England has expressed interest in a couple other third-down backs in free agency, including newly signed Oakland Raider Roy Helu and Saint C.J. Spiller. Yet like those two, the 30-year-old Bush is now off the market.