Reggie Bush Makes a Strong Case for Extension with Miami Dolphins

Alan Hubbard@@ahubbard72Contributor IIIDecember 24, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 23: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins eludes the tackle by Nick Barnett #50 of the Buffalo Bills to score his second touchdown of the first half on December 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Reggie Bush of the Miami Dolphins did what playmakers do yesterday against the Bills

He put on a show. 

Miami's starting halfback and its most electric player pulled the hat trick in the Dolphins' 24-10 victory over the Bills. He scored once on the ground and caught two touchdown passes. 

It was a remarkable day for Bush, who gained 65 yards on 19 carries and 42 yards on four receptions. It was the runner's best game since Week 2, when he gashed the Raiders for 172 yards and two touchdowns. 

Bush did more than ignite an offense that too often leaves points off the scoreboard. He made a strong case for a new deal with the Dolphins. 

There's been much talk about Bush's future in Miami. As he nears the end of the second year of his two-year deal, many wonder if Bush will return to the Dolphins next season. 

Bush has said he wants to be back in Miami. The former USC Trojan wants to bring a Super Bowl trophy to Miami to restore some luster to the franchise. 

His production has been inconsistent this year, but he's only 40 yards away from a second consecutive 1,000-yard season. 

Moreover, the Dolphins finally used Bush in a more dynamic way against the Bills. Bush can be a defensive coordinator's nightmare. He has all the versatility to be a hard-nosed runner between the tackles and to line up at receiver and generate mismatches. 

With the most important offseason in decades looming for Miami, a decision must be made about Bush. The Dolphins need playmakers in the worst way. Adding a marquee receiver and a deadly tight end to the team with Bush still in the backfield and Ryan Tannehill at the helm could make for a terrifying, hydra-like offense. 

That is why it's good news that GM Jeff Ireland would like Bush to return. As reported today in the Miami Herald, the Dolphins would love for Bush to be a Dolphin again next season. But only at the right price. 

Ireland has a price in mind for Bush, but if Bush feels like he deserves more, he will likely end up elsewhere next season. Considering the way Bush has redefined himself as a runner in Miami, he could possibly command a high price tag. 

So perhaps it will come down to Bush's decision after all. 

It should be noted that Lamar Miller had a very impressive game yesterday as well. The rookie from the University of Miami racked up 73 yards on just 10 carries. At 5'10" and 210 pounds, Miller has a solid frame and can burn with the best of them (4.4 in the 40-yard dash). 

Miller is earning confidence from Miami's coaching staff, and you can bet we'll see more of the young speedster in the future. 

Does that mean Miami should be comfortable releasing Bush and starting Miller? Not yet. Bush is still a monster talent, and he's showing that he deserves a return to Miami. 

Ireland may have his price set for Bush, but let's just hope it isn't too low. 

Because, as we saw yesterday, Bush is showing why he's still needed in South Florida. 

The Dolphins would be wise to pay attention.