For the last two years, Michael Bush has been the most sought after commodity in Oakland not named Nnamdi Asomugha. With a career average of 4.6 yards every time he touches the rock, it is easy to understand why Al Davis has a dedicated phone line for all Michael Bush inquires.
Perhaps that last statement isn’t so true. Neither were those ignorant internet rumors that the Raiders had dealt Bush for Chad Ochocinco last offseason.
Before bored bloggers were shipping Bush to Cincy for a pack of Ochocinco Condoms, there were reports of the Raiders being in talks with the rival Chargers – during the season no less – for the services of the former 4th round steal.
This time around, with a competent offensive coordinator calling the shots, there will be no trade talks involving Michael Bush. Jerry McDonald estimates that it will take the offer of a first round pick for Al Davis to even consider parting ways with the team’s leading rusher in ’09.
How Bush has been buried on the depth chart behind Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas the last two years has remained a mystery. Well, at least a mystery in the common sense department. Those who pay attention to the warning signs all but knew Run-DMC was going to be given every chance to earn his rookie contract.
McFadden’s draft status combined with a few clashes with the coaching staff pushed Bush into the dog house. Unwilling to play fullback and reported to have taken himself out of games, Bush has done himself no favors. Of course he was fighting an uphill battle from the start. One can understand his frustration. In fact, Bruce Gradkowski knew it all too well last season.
Call it the JaMarcus Russell factor.
Recently, the nod has been unfairly given to Al’s first round picks over more deserving players.
With Hue Jackson calling the shots, it would seem that there is a chance the tide has turned. Bush was actually taking first team reps in the last OTA.
How long will that last? Only time will tell.
As of now, Bush will remain a Raider for the foreseeable future. How much his role expands will be dictated by the coaching staff, Al Davis and the health of Darren McFadden. In fact, given McFadden’s injury concerns, it would appear that putting your chips on Bush to remain a Raider is as safe a bet as taking action on JaMarcus Russell to remain unemployed.