The continual question of whether Michael Bush may come back to the Raiders was answered today when Bush signed a 4 year, $14 million contract with the Chicago Bears.
Bush was vocal about wanting to go to a team where he could be a starter but he found that the market for older running backs is fairly low. In the end he signed a contract that was worth $7 million guaranteed and up to $3.5 million a season.
The Raiders weren’t going to spend the amount of money the Bears put out and therefore even if Bush were inclined to come back to the team that drafted him in the 4th round, they weren’t likely to pay him anything close to what he was looking for.
The Raiders are likely to find a replacement backup running back in the draft or by signing an undrafted free agent.