Reggie Bush has watched film of the Detroit Lions, and he has seen the opposing safeties playing deep and paying extra attention to Calvin Johnson.
“It’s a running back’s dream,” Bush said. “We have to be able to run the ball in that situation. One of the reasons I wanted to come here is to be able to bring a balanced attack.”
Bush was introduced Wednesday, part of a big day for the Lions, who also landed free agents Glover Quin and Jason Jones and retained Chris Houston.
Those moves should help the defense, and the Lions are hoping Bush can give a boost to an offense that already includes Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford.
The Lions did not disclose financial terms of Bush’s four-year contract, but it is reportedly worth around $16 million. Detroit also agreed to deals with Quin, a safety, Jones, a defensive end, and Houston, a cornerback.
Bush certainly adds more speed to Detroit’s backfield, which already includes 233-pound running back Mikel Leshoure. Bush rushed for 986 yards for Miami last season after a 1,086-yard output for the Dolphins in 2011.
Detroit went 4-12 in 2012 despite Johnson’s record-setting season at wide receiver. The running game was never all that consistent — the Lions had only four runs of 20 or more yards, which tied them for the fewest in the league.
“The thing that was important to us was not just the talent of Reggie Bush, but also the way those talents complemented the other players we have on offense,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “That was really the basis of our interest in Reggie.”
Detroit lacked a big-play running back because Jahvid Best, a first-round draft pick in 2010, didn’t play at all last season. His future is in doubt because of concussion problems.
Broncos add Walker
The Denver Broncos agreed to a two-year deal with Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker, who is the premier slot receiver in the league, catching 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six TDs last season.
Bucs sign Goldson
Free-agent safety Dashon Goldson signed a $41.25 million, five-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Goldson receives $8.25 million per year and $22 million in guaranteed money, a source said, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because the terms weren’t announced.
Around the league
The Arizona Cardinals addressed one of their significant needs by reaching agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent running back Rashard Mendenhall. The agreement follows the team’s release of former Garfield High School and Ohio State standout running back Beanie Wells on Monday. Mendenhall played four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where his offensive coordinator for much of that time was new Arizona head coach Bruce Arians.… Linebacker Philip Wheeler signed a $26 million, five-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. The deal includes a $7 million signing bonus and $13 million guaranteed. Wheeler spent his first four NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and played last year for the Oakland Raiders, where he had career highs of 109 tackles and three sacks. …The Kansas City Chiefs announced a deal with cornerback Dunta Robinson and agreed to a contract with former Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery. Robinson, who was cut by the Falcons three years into a six-year, $54 million deal, should provide depth across the defensive backfield for the Chiefs. Avery agreed to terms on a three-year deal. Avery spent last year with Indianapolis, where he caught a career-best 60 passes for 781 yards and three touchdowns in helping the Colts reach the playoffs. … The Jacksonville Jaguars signed free-agent linebacker Geno Hayes, giving the team a potential replacement for veteran Daryl Smith. Hayes, a sixth-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2008, spent four seasons with the Buccaneers before playing last year in Chicago. He played under current Jaguars coach Gus Bradley as a rookie. … Former Browns quarterback Derek Anderson says he has agreed to a one-year contract to remain with the Carolina Panthers as Cam Newton’s backup. … The Pittsburgh Steelers and free-agent quarterback Bruce Gradkowski agreed to a three-year deal. … The Jacksonville Jaguars released receiver Laurent Robinson, who signed a five-year, $32.5 million free-agent contract last season before missing considerable time with concussions.