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March 22, 2012

RB Michael Bush Signs With Chicago Bears

Filed under: NFL, Oakland Raiders — Bill @ 10:45 am

By Jerry McDonald – NFL Writer
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 9:01 am in Oakland Raiders.

Running back Michael Bush will back up Matt Forte instead of Darren McFadden _ and get a lot more money in the process.

Bush signed a four-year contract worth $14 million, with nearly $7.8 million guaranteed, according to the Chicago Tribune. That represents the figure Bush would have been paid by the Raiders had they decided to franchise him instead of safety Tyvon Branch.

Forte has been franchised by the Bears but wants a long-term deal.

Bush’s departure leaves Taiwan Jones as the backup for McFadden. Both players had injury issues last season.

**Notes From Bill…

In Other Raiders News:
In the past week the Raiders have signed three cornerbacks to make up for the loss of Stanford Routt & Chis Johnson.

-CB Shawntae Spencer, 30, 8 year veteran from San Francisco.
-CB Pat Lee, 28, 3 year veteran from Green Bay
-CB Ron Bartell, 30, spent the last 7 season with St. Louis.

Offensive lineman Khalif Barnes & Cooper Carlisle were resigned. Also signed was former Houston Texan guard Mike Brisiel.

Gone are:
Quarterback Jason Campbell, signed with Chicago.
Center Samson Satele, signed with Indianapolis.
Defensive end Trevor Scott, signed with New England
Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, signed with Tennessee.
RB & Special Teams player Rock Cartwright signed with the 49ers.

Notable players released that have yet to sign with a team:
Tight End Kevin Boss
Defensive tackle John Henderson
Safeties Matt Giordano & Jerome Boyd.

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