New Orleans Saints restricted free agent safety Rafael Bush signs an offer sheet with the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints will have until April 8 to match the offer or Bush will become a member of the Falcons.
The Saints issued a $1.4 million tender earlier this off-season.
The team is 2,206,141 under the cap, so it will be very difficult for the Saints to offer more than that.
On Wednesday, the Saints signed Canadian Football League Safety Marcus Ball to a three-year contract. This could signal that the Saints are moving away from Bush. The Ball signing became official on Thursday. The Saints now have three safeties, Jaruis Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro and Ball. The Saints released safeties Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins earlier this off-season. Harper is now with the Panthers and Jenkins is with the Eagles.
Bush played a significant role as the third safety in the Saints 4-2-5 defensive alignment. This past season Bush racked up 42 total tackles five pass defenses and played in 13 games (six starts).
The Saints got Bush from Denver shortly after training camp cuts in 2012. Bush started his NFL career as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Falcons on their practice squad.
Even though i do like Bush’s talents, i believe this is the right move. The Saints need to save as much money as possible to re-sign Jimmy Graham to a long term deal. The best bet for that is to part way with Bush and sign Ball who currently has a much smaller contract money wise. I do wish him luck in the future eventhough he will go to the Saints rival in Atlanta if the Saints don’t match the offer sheet he signed with Atlanta. Like i said above i doubt the Saints will match the offer sheet because they are barely under the cap.