Detroit Lions release Bush

After joining the team as an unrestricted free agent from Miami in 2013, Bush played 25 games for Detroit and had 299 carries for 1,303 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 94 catches for 759 yards and three touchdowns.

Last season, Bush finished with 76 carries for 297 yards and two touchdowns, and 40 catches for 253 yards. His 40 receptions ranked third on the team.

Bush was the No 2 overall selection by the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 draft. He played five seasons with the Saints (2006-10) before spending two seasons with the Dolphins.

In nine NFL seasons, Bush has started 94 of 116 games and has 1,266 carries for 5,465 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Elsewhere, Jacoby Jones has been cut by the Baltimore Ravens. The kick returner and wide receiver was a major contributor to the Ravens’ drive to a Super Bowl championship two years ago.

The 30-year-old Jones played three seasons with Baltimore after a five-year run with the Houston Texans.

Jones’ most memorable plays with the Ravens both occurred in the 2012 postseason. He caught a 70-yard touchdown throw from Joe Flacco to force overtime against Denver and a returned a kickoff 108 yards to spark a Super Bowl win over San Francisco.

Jones returned a kickoff 108 yards last season against Pittsburgh, but he had only nine catches.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said of Wednesday’s move: “Releasing him now allows him a better opportunity to land with another team.”

The Green Bay Packers have released inside linebacker AJ Hawk, cutting ties with the nine-year veteran and respected locker room presence.

Hawk leaves Green Bay with 1,118 tackles, tops in the franchise since 1975. He appeared in 142 out of a 144 possible regular-season games, with 136 starts, since being drafted in the first round in 2006.

But Hawk lost playing time in the second half of this past season as Green Bay tried to shore up its run defense

General manager Ted Thompson in a statement called Hawk a “consummate Packer” and a durable, consistent contributor to the team’s success.

Hawk said he had nine great seasons in Green Bay, and that he would always cherish his time as a Packer.
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