What's Next If the Dolphins Part Ways with Reggie Bush, and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IFebruary 25, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 02: (Editors note: Image has been converted to Black and White) Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins warms up during a game against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins face a dilemma in determining whether to re-sign running back Reggie Bush. As of two weeks ago, Bush still had not received a contract offer from the team.

It appears he won't receive one anytime in the future, either.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (via Dan Hanzus), Bush is unlikely to re-sign with the Dolphins.

Bush's representatives met with Dolphins brass earlier this week to get a feel of the situation. Bush wants to remain in Miami, but he also wants a competitive multi-year deal. The two sides aren't matched up.

All signs point to the Dolphins going in a different direction at running back. 

Right now, that means we'll see more of third-year back Daniel Thomas and second-year back Lamar Miller.

Thomas was largely unimpressive in his action last season, averaging 3.6 yards per carry and missing four games with injuries, including multiple concussions. His 3.54 YPA over the past two seasons is the lowest for any back with at least 250 carries.

Miller did not earn a heavy workload last year, which could be due in part to his strikingly similar skill set to Bush's. That skill set could help the Dolphins transition into life without Bush. The problem is, the Dolphins don't really know what they have in Miller because he didn't receive much playing time.

That being said, the Dolphins could be in the market for another running back for depth. They have used a second- and fourth-round pick on running backs in the past two seasons, so while they could address the position with one of their five picks in the first three rounds or 10 picks overall, it would be the third time they've drafted a back in as many years.

Perhaps they'll search for what they were hoping to get in Bush: a talented, veteran free-agent running back who may come on the cheap. Felix Jones and Ahmad Bradshaw come to mind as elusive, explosive free-agent running backs in a similar mold to Bush. 

The Dolphins have options at running back, but in the 2013 season, Bush will not be one of them.

Here's some more news from around the AFC East.


New England Patriots

According to Christopher Price of WEEI.com, South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger likes the Patriots' style of defense.

Russ Goldman of PatsFans.com explains why the Patriots might be better off without Wes Welker.

Bleacher Report Patriots analyst Aaron Dodge examines running back Jeff Demps' future with the Patriots.


New York Jets

According to Nick St. Denis of AFC East Daily, Jets head coach Rex Ryan would like to get defensive lineman Quinton Coples on the edge a bit more in 2013.

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York highlights a potential staredown between GM John Idzik and wide receiver Santonio Holmes over re-working the wideout's deal.


Buffalo Bills

According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, the Bills will not tender an offer to restricted free-agent wide receiver David Nelson.

According to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 SportsRadio, the Bills and assistant GM Doug Whaley have agreed to a contract extension.


Miami Dolphins

B/R Dolphins featured columnist Thomas Galicia explores what wide receiver Greg Jennings could bring to the Dolphins.

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post explains why there's a lot of pressure on Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland this offseason.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.