Allow me to preface this by saying that I am a huge Reggie Bush fan as a football player. My screams and expletives could be heard far and wide when I found out that we would not be selecting him with the first pick in the draft. That said, I have bought into the idea and now firmly believe that Mario will have a HUGE impact on our team. Knowing that he is signed and ready to go (toenails all healed I hope) will allow the Texans to focus on the monumental task ahead of them without the media distractions of signing their first pick. Which brings me back to Reggie Bush and the Saints. The following report says it all... Saints | Bush contemplating not signing? Fri, 21 Jul 2006 21:33:34 -0700 Jason Cole, of Yahoo Sports, reports there has been some talk of New Orleans Saints rookie RB Reggie Bush not signing in time for training camp. Now, a league source said Bush is toying with the idea of sitting out the entire season and going back in the NFL Draft in 2007 if he doesn't get his price. "No player has ever had the kind of leverage that Reggie Bush has right now," the source said. "The Saints made it clear what they were willing to do before and now we'll see if they're going to get there." Two sources said that talks between the Saints and agent Joel Segal have been nearly non-existent. Wednesday, July 19, Mike Ornstein, who is Bush's marketing agent, told the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., that he didn't think Bush would be signed in time for camp. Ornstein is not allowed to negotiate contracts, but he is acutely aware of all of Bush's business matters. Bush supposedly has more than $5 million in the bank from multiple endorsement deals Ornstein has negotiated since Bush left the University of Southern California. Bush could probably sit out 2006 and still be a high pick next year. _______________________________________________________________ Just imagine if the Texans were in the Saints position right now. I know many have chosen, like me, to put the Reggie issue behind them and have moved on, but I think we can all feel a little better about the move given the above developments. mario. mariO. maRIO! MARIO! MARIO!!!