Packers sign Bush to three-year deal

Posted March 20, 2012 @ 12:45 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Multiple media outlets are reporting that UFA CB Jarrett Bush has signed a three-year deal with the Packers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


"The only way he (Bush) would have left the Packers was if there was a starting job and any big upfront money," Bush’s agent, Derrick Fox, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "He absolutely loves Mike (McCarthy), Dom Capers and the entire organization. This kid has a great personality and he loves it there."


Daily team observers believe Bush had hoped to return to the Packers, but felt obligated to at least test the market to see if there were suitors who might consider him for a starting role. In addition to providing depth in Green Bay’s secondary at both cornerback and safety, Bush is considered the Packers’ best player and leader on special teams.


"He basically went to New York and then he took another trip to Arizona and the numbers were similar," Fox said. "I was setting up a trip for him to Dallas and when I ran the numbers they were very simiiar. At the end of the day, he took the best offer."


The way we see it


The loss of Bush would have been the second free-agent bullet this week victimizing the Packers, who lost solid starting C Scott Wells to the Rams a couple of days ago. In addition to establishing himself as one of the league’s best special-teams gunners, the extremely committed Bush also is considered by many close to the team to be the Packers’ most physical defensive back.


Previously considered a weak link in coverage, Bush has become more of a factor in the Packers’ secondary. Late this past season, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers used Bush more on first and second downs than third corner Sam Shields because he was a better tackler and a lot more physical. Bush's 24/7 energy rubs off on everybody around him.