New Orleans Saints restricted free agent safety Rafael Bush signed an offer sheet with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday. Since Bush is a restricted free agent, the Saints have until April 8 to match Atlanta’s offer. If they don’t, Bush will join the Falcons.
Bush signed with the Falcons as an undrafted rookie in 2010 out of South Carolina State. He spent time on Atlanta’s practice squad until 2011 when the Denver Broncos signed him away from the Falcons.
The next two seasons were spent in New Orleans. Bush played in 16 games in 2012 and picked off one pass and forced a fumble. In 2013, Bush played in 13 games and started six. Most of Bush’s time in 2013 was spent playing free safety, but he did play two games at strong safety.
According to Pro Football Focus, Bush played 341 snaps in coverage last season and allowed just six receptions—a phenomenal ratio for a backup safety.
Atlanta is in need of help at the safety position. Currently there are only four players that play the position on the Falcons’ roster: William Moore, Kemal Ishmael, Sean Baker and Zeke Motta. Adding Bush would help the current situation, but the Falcons will still likely address their need at safety in the upcoming NFL draft in May.