Running back Reggie Bush’s(notes) days with the New Orleans Saints all but came to an end Thursday night when the team selected running back Mark Ingram with the 28th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft.
“It’s been fun New Orleans,” Bush posted on his Twitter page Thursday night.
Bush was not expected to return to the Saints next season regardless of what the team did because he has so far declined to take a pay cut when the subject was broached before the NFL lockout began. Bush is due approximately $11.8 million in the 2011 season in base salary and bonuses.
Expect Mark Ingram to take over early down work with Pierre Thomas (recently re-signed) to move into a 3rd-down role. Whatever fantasy value Chris Ivory may have had is now dependent on an Ingram or Thomas injury.