On Thursday, the Atlanta Falcons signed restricted free-agent safety Rafael Bush to an offer sheet. His current team, the New Orleans Saints had already offered Bush a one-year deal at the lowest qualifying offer of $1.431 million. Now they have until Tuesday to match Atlanta’s offer.
But hold on, given the choice of making the same money in either place, Bush would apparently rather go play for the Falcons than remain in New Orleans.
The reason being is because right now, Bush sits number three on the Saints depth chart at safety, behind Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro, and they also just signed free agent defensive back, Champ Bailey.
But per a league source reported by Ramon Antonio Vargas of the New Orleans Advocate, the Falcons have offered Bush a 2-year, $4.5 million deal to come in as a the likely starter (only competing with two 2013 seventh round picks), taking over the spot vacated by the release of Thomas DeCoud.
“According to the source, in Atlanta, Bush is being offered a chance to be a starting safety alongside William Moore, a friend. The Falcons’ release in February of safety Thomas DeCoud, a starter since 2009, created the opportunity.”
Well, who wouldn’t rather start?
Anytime these two teams get involved with a battle over a player, it’s sure to turn interesting.