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Free agent RB Michael Bush will visit the Patriots.

The Patriots are in the market for a big back after opting not to re-sign LeGarrette Blount. Bush averaged a pitiful 3.1 YPC with the Bears last season and was released at the start of the new league year. He'll turn 30 in June and hasn't drawn any known interest before now. Bush is the definition of a plodder.

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Bears released RB Michael Bush.

Bush is getting the heave-ho just two years into a four-year deal. The move frees up $1.85 million in cap space, but leaves behind $2 million in dead money. Signed as a short-yardage specialist, Bush was a bust from the start, and finishes his Bears career with just eight touchdowns across 177 carries. He averaged a miserable 3.1 yards per carry in 2013. Three months shy of his 30th birthday, Bush is unlikely to draw much interest in the first wave of free agency.

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ESPN Chicago believes the Bears could look to upgrade on Michael Bush at backup running back.

Bush carries a $3.85 million salary cap number for 2014 and was dreadful this past season, rushing for just 197 yards and averaging 3.1 YPC. Michael Ford might be given an opportunity to earn the No. 2 job behind Matt Forte, but we'd certainly expect the Bears to look for another running back via the draft. We'd consider Bush a near-lock to be released this offseason.

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Bears backup RB Michael Bush is owed a $2.8 million base salary and $50,000 workout bonus in 2014.

Chicago will need salary cap space if it has designs on franchise tagging Jay Cutler. After averaging under five offensive touches per game in 2013, Bush is shaping up as a no-brainer offseason release candidate. The Bears could stay in-house with Michael Ford serving as Matt Forte's backup next season. Bush is running out of gas going on age 30. He averaged 3.1 YPC this year.

Michael Bush RB CHI 7 Months

Michael Bush rushed twice for 11 yards in Chicago's Week 17 loss to the Packers.

Bush wasn't targeted in the passing game. Bush's second season in Chicago ends with just 63 carries for 197 yards (3.12 YPC) and three touchdowns. He caught only four passes. Going on 30 and due $2.8 million in 2014, Bush is a strong candidate to be cut. He has vanishingly little Dynasty-league value.

Michael Bush RB CHI 7 Months

Michael Bush rushed seven times for 20 yards in Week 16 against the Eagles.

Bush didn't see the field until the fourth quarter. Despite scoring touchdown in his previous two games, he wasn't used in short-yardage or red-zone situations and remains a strict backup to Matt Forte.

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Michael Bush rushed for 39 yards on eight carries and caught a 17-yard touchdown in Week 14 against the Cowboys.

Bush had his best game of the season tonight, and it surely will stay that way over the next few weeks. The Cowboys can't contain anyone on defense. Bush ran through gaping holes and caught a swing pass and walked in untouched for his score. Bush entered the night with 115 total yards on 46 touches through 11 games. He's not on the fantasy radar and is simply Matt Forte's change of pace.

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Michael Bush managed one rush for 15 yards in the Bears' Week 13 loss to the Vikings.

Bush has only "vultured" two goal-line scores from Matt Forte all season. He has no fantasy value other than as a handcuff to cautious Forte owners.

Michael Bush RB CHI 8 Months

Michael Bush rushed seven times for -5 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Rams.

He caught one pass for 10 yards. It was an embarrassing effort for Bush, who could convert just one of five carries from the Rams' one-yard line for a touchdown. Twice Bush was stopped for a loss from the one, including once on fourth down. He also dropped a catchable pass on a 2nd-and-goal in the third quarter. An ineffective player in coach Marc Trestman's scheme, the Bears need to stop subbing Bush in for Matt Forte in money situations.

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NFL writer Dan Pompei believes there's a possibility the Bears release Michael Bush in the offseason.

Pompei has covered the NFL for nearly 30 years and has ties to the Chicago area. Under new coach Marc Trestman, Bush is nothing more than a guy to give Matt Forte a breather. With a $2.8 million salary in the third year of a four-year deal in 2014, Bush may -- and likely will -- be deemed expendable. He's averaging just 2.1 YPC on 35 carries this season and isn't a factor in the passing game.