Rafael Bush isn’t going anywhere. The Saints decided to keep the young defensive backs around for a few more years and not let him join our arch-rival.
Bush, a restricted free agent, was initially tendered for $1.4 million but he didn’t sign immediately – not that he had to. After a couple of weeks the Atlanta Falcons tried to steal Bush from the Saints, offering him a 2-year, $4.5 million contract and a more-than-realistic chance to be a starter. Bush actually signed the offer sheet from Atlanta and that gave the Saints just a few days to decide whether to keep Bush at a higher price or to let him go.
They probably thought the Saints couldn’t afford to match the offer since the cap space is pretty tight in New Orleans but they were wrong. The Saints might be able to fit in both Rafael Bush and Champ Bailey depending on how the contracts are structured, per ESPN’s Mike Triplett.
Despite some early negative reactions from the fans (especially on Twitter) all ended well. Saints now have a deep and talented secondary and even if Bush knows he’s the third option behind Vaccaro and Byrd I think he can be a great asset to the team.