Bush, Kolb, Ochocinco traded on busy day in NFL

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:15 AM ET

TORONTO - Free agent frenzy might be in full swing, but trades were the highlights Thursday on the NFL front.

Former Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl winner Reggie Bush is finished as a member of the New Orleans Saints. The Miami Dolphins dealt backup safety Jonathon Amaya and undisclosed draft picks to the Saints in exchange for Bush, who could push out free agent running back Ricky Williams.

Ironically, the Dolphins swung a big deal with the Saints years ago in order to bring Williams to Florida.

Bush signed a two-year deal, worth just shy of $10 million U.S. with the Fish.

Both Williams and Ronnie Brown are free agents and Miami wanted to get younger but still add experience beside second round pick Daniel Thomas.

Bush never became the superstar most expected him to be following a stellar collegiate career, but he remains a versatile game-breaker, capable of causing havoc in a variety of ways. Unfortunately for the Saints, he was injured more often recently than effective. He missed eight games last season and only rushed for 150 yards and caught 34 passes for 208 yards.

Bush has also been caught up in an improper benefits scandal which has resulted in him no longer being recognized as the Heisman winner.

"Change is never easy but I look forward to building something special in Miami and can't wait to embark on this new journey!'' Bush said via Twitter.

Miami isn’t finished revamping its offence. The team remains very much in the mix for Daniel Orton, who has been pushed out as Denver’s starting quarterback by Tim Tebow.

New Orleans will continue giving carries to re-signed back Pierre Thomas and highly-touted draft pick Mark Ingram. Chris Ivory also remains on the roster and he led the team in rushing in 2010 thanks to injuries to Bush and Thomas. The team also signed Darren Sproles, a bit of a poor man's Bush.

Also on Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles finally wrapped up the Kevin Kolb deal.

As expected, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie went to Philly for the quarterback. Arizona also sent a second-round pick in 2012. The Eagles had mistakenly started selling Rodgers-Cromartie jerseys on their website on Wednesday indicating a trade was close.

Rodgers-Cromartie is a former Pro Bowl cornerback who will team with four-time Pro Bowl corner Asante Samuel to give quarterbacks fits.

Kolb is unproven but has a lot of admirers. He was supposed to take over for Donovan McNabb last season, but Michael Vick’s brilliant season quickly put an end to that plan.

Kolb suffered a concussion in the season opener and Vick never looked back.

Arizona has struggled to replace future hall of famer Kurt Warner with Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson unable to fit the bill.

"Ultimately Kevin was the guy that we had the highest grade on, that we felt was the best fit for what we're trying to get accomplished as far as a fit with our offense, where he was age-wise, what he had done in the league," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters. "That was our target."

According to reports, Kolb, 27, will sign a five-year deal worth around $64 million, $21 million guaranteed.

The other big deal of the day saw outspoken wide receiver Chad Ochocinco head from Cincinnati to New England for two undisclosed draft picks.

Ochocinco accepted a restructured contract from the Patriots, who have no problem taking talented players with baggage, as an earlier swap for Albert Haynesworth showed.

Ochocinco’s play has tailed off – he went from nine touchdowns to four last season after making the Pro Bowl six times. Teamed with Tom Brady though, Ochocinco is due for a significant rebound.

See ya, Vince

Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans are through and he's joining the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Titans released Young, who they picked third overall back in 2006 thinking they had the next Steve McNair.

Tennessee has signed veteran Matt Hasselbeck to mentor No. 8 overall selection Jake Locker.

Young never lived up to the comparisons to the late star, instead underwhelming and behaving in a petulant manner at times, leading to the inevitable parting.

Despite his faults, Young went 30-18 as a starter for Tennessee, indicating there is definitely talent to be mined by his next employer.

Teams were not eager to pay him the $8.5 million he was set to make so the Titans could not deal him.

According to the NFL Network, Young signed with Philadelphia late Thursday. There he will back up and learn from Michael Vick, who he shares many of the same physical gifts with. Young is on a one-year deal.

Quick hits

Vick or Young might not have DeSean Jackson to throw to. The wide receiver did not show up for the first day of training camp on Thursday. Vick had tweeted that Jackson was planning to hold out.

Jackson is finishing off his rookie deal and is due just $565,000 this season. Not enough, he says, considering he has made the Pro Bowl twice and is a game breaker ... After Houston surprisingly vaulted into the lead in the hunt for premier cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, those talks fail and instead, the team grabbed the next best option, Johnathan Joseph. The former Bengal signed a five-year deal ... Meanwhile, San Francisco cornerback Nate Clements has been released after a new contract could not be agreed upon. San Francisco is still a frontrunner for Asomugha ... Brandon Stokley has backed out of a deal with Washington. His agent said the Redskins have signed too many wide receivers, so Stokley called off the non-binding agreement ... Washington did get former Baltimore corner Josh Wilson and defensive end Stephen Bowen, who turned down Dallas, endearing himself to Redskins fans everywhere ... Cincinnati inked wide receiver A.J. Green, the fourth selection of the 2011 draft ... Super Bowl hero Antwaan Randle El and tackle Max Starks were released by Pittsburgh ... Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin has signed with Philadelphia for five years and $28 million ... Tyson Clabo, one of the best offensive lineman on the market, has re-signed with Atlanta. The Falcons also inked rookie Julio Jones ... Linebacker Joey Porter took a pay cut to stay in Arizona


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