NEW ORLEANS—Saints head coach Sean Payton said Reggie Bush is a "dynamic player."
But, Bush will make his next big play for the Miami Dolphins. Early Thursday, the Saints traded Bush to the Miami Dolphins for reserve safety Jonathan Amaya, and a swap of undisclosed draft picks.
Bush hadn't played 16 games since his rookie season. Last season, he played in 8 games and did not score a rushing touchdown.
Bush fell out of grace with many Saints fans, but not Payton. He said Bush's place in the club's history is secure.
Said Payton, "we wish him well. He is someone that will walk forever with the 2009 team. He is a Super Bowl winner here."
Bush's selection with the second overall pick in the 2006 draft touched off a wild celebration in a city starving for good news in the months after Hurricane Katrina.
But, Bush failed to reach astronomical expectations. And, he also dealt with the fallout from an NCAA investigation at USC. Bush and family were deemed to have accepted improper benefits. Bush relinquished his Heisman Award, and USC vacated a BCS national championship.
Said Drew Brees, " With all the controversy of late with all the USC stuff, I don't know if there is a guy who has been under the microscope more than Reggie.">
On draft night, the Saints traded back into the first round to select Alabama running back Mark Ingram. Bush tweeted, "thanks New Orleans, its been great."
3 months of speculation about Reggie's future followed, until the Saints did the deal with the Dolphins.