Michael Bush RB ARI 12 Months3 Comments

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 ARI 12 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 ARI 12 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.

Michael Bush RB ARI Sep 20 '79

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.

Michael Bush RB ARI Sep 11 '79

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 ARI Sep 05 '79

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.

Michael Bush RB ARI Sep 02 '791 Comment

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.

Michael Bush RB ARI Aug 29 '79

Michael Bush rushed three times for five yards in Week 11 against the Ravens.

As is normally the case, Bush came in just to give Matt Forte a quick breather and wasn't involved in the passing game. Bush is purely a handcuff.

Michael Bush RB ARI Aug 21 '79

Michael Bush rushed one time for no gain in Week 10 against the Lions.

Bush's lone chance came on a fourth-and-one carry which he failed to convert. Bush is just a handcuff -- not a particularly appealing one -- for Matt Forte owners.

Michael Bush RB ARI Aug 16 '79

Michael Bush rushed for 25 yards on seven carries in Week 9 against the Packers.

Bush added one catch for 15 yards. He failed to convert his lone goal-line chance from the one-yard line in the second quarter. Matt Forte came in on second-and-goal and scooted in for the touchdown. Bush is just a handcuff.