Oakland Raiders: Re-Signing Michael Bush Is Big Move for Raiders

Although it is not a sexy move, re-signing Michael Bush was a necessary one for the Raiders.

It was announced on Saturday that Bush had signed his tendered agreement with the Raiders and reported to training camp.

At this time it is unknown if the contract was for a single season or three seasons, but Bush will be a Raider in 2011.

The return of Bush coupled with the speedy recovery of Darren McFadden from a fractured orbital bone will, by the beginning of the season, give the Raiders one of the top rushing tandems in the NFL.

Though the Raiders are a bit short at the running back position after Bush and McFadden, they will receive the majority of all touches in the running game.

McFadden brings blazing speed and good field vision, while Bush offers a more smash-and-grab approach to running. Last season the pair combined for over 1,800 yards on the ground and 15 rushing touchdowns. McFadden racked up over 500 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.

Expect much of the same in this coming season.

If Bush and McFadden can remain healthy for the entirety of the season, the Raiders offense will benefit greatly. Both really played well last season despite nagging injuries.

McFadden is currently sidelined with a fractured orbital bone suffered in practice but should be on track to return for the regular season. Michael Bush will be a bit out of sorts for the first few games of the preseason, but I expect him to get into game shape by the end of the month.

The Raiders will be more reliant on the dump off to the running backs early in the season, as they have injuries to Jacoby Ford, a new tight end in Kevin Boss and a cobblestone offensive line.

If Bush and McFadden can carry the offensive load for the first quarter of the season, it would be huge to help the Raiders playoff chances.

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