One particular play sticks out in my mind when I think of Jarrett Bush – it was the 2007 NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants – you remember the game – the Packers punted to the Giants and there was a fumble after a sizable gain.
The ball bounced around a bit and there was Bush in prime position to jump on it. Instead, he tried picking it up and had it immediately stripped. The Giants recovered and, well … the rest is history.
Each year, I keep asking myself, “Why is Jarrett Bush still on this team’s roster?”
Many other fans have felt the same at one point or another. The simple fact of the matter is that he is a superior special teams player, but a marginal defensive back. He has made timely interceptions from time-to-time and has been the team’s most valued defender on special teams. How many times has he downed the ball inside the 10 or 5-yard line? And there isn’t anyone who has more tackles than his 21 the past few years.
The Packers brass felt the same today as they signed him to a three-year contract. Specifics of the contract have not yet been released.
Bush said he wouldn’t leave the Packers unless he was offered a starter’s salary. Well, that didn’t happen, so he’s officially back.
Ted Thompson has once again stayed true to his mantra about signing his own. Bush is a solid signing – no matter how much we want to whine about it.