RB Reggie Bush Signs with SF 49ers

Wearing a Detroit Lions shirt with "I can't breathe" written on the front, running back Reggie Bush runs through pre-game warmups in an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.
Wearing a Detroit Lions shirt with “I can’t breathe” written on the front, running back Reggie Bush runs through pre-game warmups in an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

After Reggie Bush visited the 49ers on Wednesday, general manager Trent Baalke said the team would weigh the “pros and cons” of signing the 30-year-old running back.

Evidently they determined the potential positives outweighed the negatives.

The 49ers have agreed to terms with Bush, ESPN reported, adding him to a backfield that includes Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter. The contract details haven’t been disclosed.

Bush, who visited the Patriots on Friday, is coming off an injury riddled, 11-game season with the Lions in which he had 550 total yards and averaged 3.9 yards a carry. Bush averaged 1,026 rushing yards, 4.6 yards a carry and 44 catches per season from 2011-13.

The addition of Bush could mark a change in an offense that rarely incorporated running backs in its passing game in recent seasons. Niners running backs have 123 receptions since 2011, 49 fewer than Bush, who leads active backs in career catches (466). Bush has had seven 40-catch seasons in his nine-year career.

Bush adds depth to a backfield without the ultra-durable Frank Gore, the 49ers starter since 2006 who has played in 64 consecutive regular-season games. Gore signed with the Colts this week. In 2014, Hyde missed the final two games of his rookie year with a knee injury. Hunter has played in just 16 of the past 37 regular-season games because of season-ending injuries.

Source: SFGate.com | Eric Branch

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