Nine years later, the Dolphins have again traded for a Saints running back who won the Heisman Trophy.
This time it’s Reggie Bush.
The Dolphins completed a trade for Bush yesterday by negotiating a new contract with him. Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed the deal, which sends reserve safety Jonathon Amaya to New Orleans and also involves an exchange of undisclosed draft picks.
Miami acquired former Heisman winner Ricky Williams from the Saints in 2002, with mixed results. He won an NFL rushing title with the Dolphins, but they haven’t won a playoff game since that trade.
Bush agreed to a two-year contract for nearly $10 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. Bush was due about $11.8 million this season, the final year of his Saints contract. It would have been difficult for them to justify paying that given their salary-cap constraints.
In his five-year pro career, Bush has rushed 524 times for 2,090 yards - an average of 4.0 yards per carry - and 17 touchdowns. He also has 294 receptions for 2,142 yards and 12 TDs, and four TDs on punt returns.
In an attempt to fill Bush’s roster spot, the Saints signed running back Darren Sproles to a four-year deal.
Cardinals get Kolb Kevin Kolb is a No. 1 quarterback again. The Eagles agreed to a deal that sends Kolb to the Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick. Kolb began last season as the heir apparent to Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia, but he went down with a concussion in the opener, losing his job to Michael Vick in the process. Kolb, who turns 27 next month, reportedly will sign a $63 million, five-year contract with the Cardinals . . . Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was not on hand when the team held its first workout. The two-time Pro Bowler has expressed discontent with his contract on his Twitter feed. He will earn $565,000 in base salary this season . . . Five-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers agreed to a three-year deal with the 49ers after 12 seasons with the Eagles . . . Niners wide receiver Michael Crabtree will be sidelined for the start of training camp for the third straight year.
Smith shuffling off Receiver Brad Smith’s coming to the Bills, and the Wildcat can’t be far behind. The multitalented offensive player agreed to a four-year contract worth about $15 million, the ex-Jet’s agent, Mark Bartelstein said. For his career, Smith has 557 receiving yards, 767 rushing yards, and 51 passing yards. He’s also a special teams threat: Last season, Smith returned two kickoffs for TDs . . . As expected, several high-profile players were released, including Titans QB Vince Young, Browns QB Jake Delhomme, and 49ers cornerback Nate Clements, who signed an eight-year, $80 million contract in March 2007 . . . The Browns also terminated the contract of linebacker Eric Alexander and waived tight end Tyson DeVree . . . The Texans agreed to terms with cornerback Johnathan Joseph on a five-year, $48.75 million deal - with $23.5 guaranteed . . . The Panthers acquired tight end Greg Olsen from the Bears for an undisclosed 2012 draft pick.
Reduced rates In the first dramatic example of how the new labor deal’s rookie salary system will affect elite players, No. 2 overall draft pick Von Miller, a linebacker, got about $21 million over four years from the Broncos. The No. 2 pick in 2010, Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, signed a five-year deal worth $40 million guaranteed and as much as $68 million overall . . . The Falcons signed wide receiver Julio Jones, the sixth overall selection; QB Blaine Gabbert, the 10th overall pick, signed a four-year contract worth $12 million with the Jaguars; and the Lions signed first-round pick Nick Fairley, a defensive lineman, to a four-year deal worth “right around $10 million,’’ according to agent Brian Overstreet . . . The Redskins agreed to terms with linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, the 16th overall pick . . . Linebacker Clint Session left the Colts for a five-year deal worth slightly more than $29 million with the Jaguars . . . The Falcons agreed to a one-year contract with linebacker Mike Peterson, who collected 79 tackles last season for Atlanta . . . The Vikings cut starting safety Madieu Williams, who was due to make $5.4 million this season. The Vikings also released defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy and receiver Freddie Brown . . . The Redskins added defensive end Stephen Bowen, who played five seasons with the Cowboys . . . The Lions signed linebacker Justin Durant (formerly of the Jaguars) and receiver Rashied Davis (Bears) . . . Left tackle Jermon Bushrod agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the Saints . . . Daryn Colledge, the starting left guard for the Super Bowl champion Packers, agreed to a five-year deal with the Cardinals. Colledge started 76 games over five seasons for Green Bay . . . The Bears agreed to a five-year contract with punter Adam Podlesh, who comes to Chicago from Jacksonville to replace Brad Maynard.