Michael Bush was arrested early Saturday morning in Indiana and charged with OWI (operating while intoxicated) according to WLKY in Louisville. The Raiders have yet to comment on the situation but that hasn’t stopped some from weighing in on just how they think this will affect the free agent to be.
Depending on what happens with this entire new CBA fiasco, Bush could enter the market as an unrestricted free agent. Where the arrest could hit him hardest might be in the pocket as he could likely face a suspension at the start of the next season. If and whenever that happens.
Despite never being a full-time starter Bush has drawn a lot of interest from other teams in recent years. It stands to reason that no matter what action is taken against Bush he’ll still be a prized free agent in a league where having multiple running backs is a necessity and not a luxury.
But Al Davis already knows the value of the Louisville native. It was Davis who was willing to draft Bush knowing he’d have to pay for an entire year of rehab. In an odd way this arrest could help the Raiders to retain the services of Bush as teams could pass on giving him a large payday.
But that is all speculation.
Fact of the matter is even if the Raiders don’t want to bid against themselves should they have to pony up to keep Bush his value to the franchise in undisputed. Despite playing behind Darren McFadden, Bush helps to give the offense it’s identify. While Davis covets the vertical game it is the ground attack that gives the current Raiders the best chance at victory.
Again this is all just small talk when compared to the looming labor issues. After the dust settles from that we’ll revisit this.