Michael Bush may not hit the open market after all.
A rookie season spent on the non-football injury list could keep the Oakland Raiders running back from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Adam Caplan of FOX Sports hypothesizes that Bush may not “get credit” for his rookie season spent on the shelf. Thus, the Louisville product may have only accrued three of the four years necessary to qualify for unrestricted free agency.
The Raiders applied a first- and third-round tender to Bush prior to the start of the NFL Lockout. Regardless of whether those tenders stick, he is very likely to return to the Silver and Black next season.
Both Bush and the Raiders have made it very clear they wish to continue to do business together.
The 27-year-old appeared in 14 games last season — starting three — while rushing for 655 yards and eight touchdowns.