In his 5-year career with the Bengals and New England Patriots, Ellis has just 48 receptions for 396 yards. Bush accounted for 35 receptions for 292 yards just last year, and has 372 catches for 2,730 yards over his 7-year career with the Dolphins and New Orleans Saints.
Bush won’t come cheap. Not after rushing for 2,00 yards and getting nearly 600 receiving yards in his two season with Miami while playing in every game. Durability and versatility aren’t often found in free agent backs, but with the new minimum per-team expenditure, owners like Mike Brown who shy away from big-name free agents will now be forced to spend money, making Bush a free agent to watch for.
Having a number of quality free agents like Andre Smith and Michael Johnson could prevent the Bengals from getting into a bidding war with opposing teams, but if for whatever reason they let one of those two players walk, then Brown will be forced to spend on a quality free agent.