Lions land free agents Bush, Quin, Jones

Reggie Bush has watched film of the Detroit Lions, and he has

seen the opposing safeties playing deep and paying extra attention

to Calvin Johnson.

”It’s a running back’s dream,” Bush said. ”We have to be able

to run the ball in that situation. One of the reasons I wanted to

come here is to be able to bring a balanced attack.”

Bush was introduced Wednesday, part of a big day for the Lions,

who also landed free agents Glover Quin and Jason Jones and

retained Chris Houston.

Those moves should help the defense, and the Lions are hoping

Bush can give a boost to an offense that already includes Johnson

and quarterback Matthew Stafford.

The Lions did not disclose financial terms of Bush’s four-year

contract, but it is reportedly worth around $16 million. Detroit

also agreed to deals with Quin, a safety, Jones, a defensive end,

and Houston, a cornerback.

Bush certainly adds more speed to Detroit’s backfield, which

already includes 233-pound running back Mikel Leshoure. Bush rushed

for 986 yards for Miami last season after a 1,086-yard output for

the Dolphins in 2011.

Detroit went 4-12 in 2012 despite Johnson’s record-setting

season at wide receiver. The running game was never all that

consistent – the Lions had only four runs of 20 or more yards,

which tied them for the fewest in the league.

”The thing that was important to us was not just the talent of

Reggie Bush, but also the way those talents complemented the other

players we have on offense,” coach Jim Schwartz said. ”That was

really the basis of our interest in Reggie.”

Detroit lacked a big-play running back because Jahvid Best, a

first-round draft pick in 2010, didn’t play at all last season. His

future is in doubt because of concussion problems.

Bush was a change-of-pace and third-down back in his five years

with New Orleans before being traded to Miami following the 2011

lockout. Detroit is still building around Stafford and Johnson, and

Bush is looking forward to fitting in.

”Having a quarterback like Matthew makes all the difference,”

Bush said. ”This offense doesn’t work without him.”

Stafford said he helped recruit Bush during Detroit’s push to

sign him.

”It’s clear to me he is all about winning,” Stafford said.

”Football is about match-ups and this gives our offense some

tremendous options. It’s exciting for me personally and it’s

exciting for our entire team. Reggie is a proven commodity. He has

made plays at every level of his career.”

The Lions have other needs besides running back, of course.

Jones, who is from the Detroit area, played 12 games with the

Seattle Seahawks last season. He was not a starter, but the

6-foot-5, 276-pound Jones could play a bigger role with the Lions,

who released veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch last

month.

”No words to describe how excited I am to come back,” said

Jones, who is from Southfield.

Jones signed a three-year deal. Quin’s is five years.

Houston started 42 games for the Lions over the last three

seasons. Prior to that, he played his first three years with the

Atlanta Falcons. He had five interceptions in 2011, when Detroit

made the playoffs.

Houston missed two games last season because of a sprained left

ankle, but that was in September. He started every game the rest of

the way, finishing with two interceptions and two forced

fumbles.

Quin has played four years for the Houston Texans. He started 16

games in each of the last three seasons.

”In this league, it’s all about if you can play on Sundays,”

Quin said. ”Obviously, being healthy … and not missing games,

obviously that plays a part in a team’s decision.”