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Bush Expected to Be a Restricted Free Agent After Lockout

The Raiders need to have both Michael Bush and Darren McFadden in their backfield in 2011, and one thing that would be huge in making that happen is if Bush is a restricted free agent, not an unrestricted free agent when the lockout ends. ESPN reports that it appears that Bush will be restricted.

It has been reported that Bush will be unrestricted. However, Fox Sports reported late last week that Bush will be a restricted free agent. He was drafted in 2007, but he missed his first reason because he was on the non football injury list. He has played three NFL seasons.

According to two NFL sources I spoke to Tuesday, the current expectation is, indeed, that Bush will be restricted in that scenario. Again, nothing will be official until the lockout ends and there is still a gray area, but it looks like Bush might be restricted.

That would be a break for the Raiders. They want to retain Bush and they have several other free-agent issues facing them. Bush would likely be very popular as an unrestricted free agent. The restricted free-agent market rarely moves.

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