During his football camp at Helix high school a couple weeks ago, Reggie Bush told NBC7 that he would soon have an announcement on where he would be playing this coming season.
On Monday, Bush signed a one-year deal to join the Buffalo Bills.
For a player coming off a tough injury, the 10-year NFL veteran likely has a great chance to earn playing time with his new franchise.
LeSean McCoy is expected to be Buffalo’s starter at running back. But after that the depth chart is likely wide open.
2015 5th round pick Karlos Williams was a nice find last season for the Bills but he is suspended for the first four games of the regular season.
McCoy has also been hampered by ankle injuries so the Bills are betting that Bush can provide a boost to the offense – especially in September.
Former Ohio State star “Boom” Herron is basically the only other recognizable name in the Buffalo backfield.
Mike Gillislee received 47 carries last year, found the end-zone three times and averaged an impressive 5.7 yards per carry. But Gillislee only saw playing time in the final five games of the season.
Second year player James Wilder, Jr. and Arkansas rookie Jonathan Williams are also competing for roster spots.
Bush suffered a season-ending knee injury last November when he tore his ACL playing for the 49ers against the Rams in Saint Louis.
He hurt himself after running out of bounds and slipping on a concrete ring that runs around that stadium's football field.
Bush told NBC7 that he is healthy and confident he has his quickness back and is looking forward to contributing on the field again this fall.
Bush was born in Spring Valley and graduated from Helix High School in La Mesa.
He won the 2005 Heisman Trophy but later forfeited his title as the award’s winner after the NCAA announced major sanctions against the USC program while Bush played for the Trojans. He returned the trophy to the Heisman Trust in 2012.
Bush was drafted with the second overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 NFL Draft. He teamed with former Chargers quarterback Drew Brees to help New Orleans win its first Super Bowl in 2010.
After five seasons in New Orleans, Bush spent two years with the Miami Dolphins, two with the Detroit Lions and then last season with San Francisco.
Don't be surprised if Bush winds up as McCoy's backup in Buffalo and sees snaps quite often on third downs.