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Michael Bush hopes for bigger role with Chicago Bears


Running back Michael Bush could certainly be an every-down back, proving it by running for 839 yards in the final ten games with the Oakland Raiders last season. The Chicago Bears were sold on Bush's ability, signing him to a four-year, $14 million contract in March as an insurance policy in case Matt Forte's contract stalemate lingered into the season.

Forte was signed a multiyear deal, which means that Bush will be used as a complementary back. At 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, Bush can expect to do a lot of the dirty work, a role he's not exactly thrilled about filling.

"That's the role I've been stuck with because of my size. But if that's what I have to do, that's what I have to do," Bush said, via the Chicago Tribune. "No one likes to be a battering ram. It just happens that way."

Over the last two seasons, Bush has been a pretty solid runner near the goal line, scoring 13 touchdowns on 30 rushing attempts. Over the same stretch, Forte is 1-for-15, which could lead to a Bears backfield in which Forte gets the yards while Bush gets the points.


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