Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) makes a catch over New Orleans Saints defensive back Rafael Bush (25) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Saints beat the Bears 26-18. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons Trying to Steal Rafael Bush?

Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints free safety Rafael Bush (25) hits Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (right) in front of Saints defensive back Trevin Wade (30) during the first half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing is ever safe these days it seems, especially in NFL Free Agency. At the end of the day, money talks.

The Atlanta Falcons have presented restricted free agent safety Rafael Bush with an offer sheet. The New Orleans Saints have five days to respond with matching the offer from the Falcons, or risk losing Bush to their rival.

Bush was originally presented the minimum tender that was worth$1.4 million deal on a one-year deal.

NOLA.com’s Larry Holder broke the story earlier.

The team is $2,206,141 under the salary cap as of Thursday afternoon, according to the NFLPA, so it would be difficult for the Saints to afford a deal much higher than the original tender issued to Bush.

The Falcons are definitely pulling a fast one with Bush, and I firmly believe the Saints should make efforts to keep Bush, however, the exact figures will be the deciding factor. As Holder suggests, with the team bringing in CFL sensation Marcus Bell, who played safety for the Toronto Argonauts, it could be tough to retain Bush.

We’ll know in a short time what the team plans to do.

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