Reggie Bush reiterates his interest in remaining a Saint

Reggie Bush has yet to show up for the nearly full-squad workouts Drew Brees has organized, but the running back said his first choice is to remain a member of the New Orleans Saints.

Bush, speaking for the first time in a while this morning at his football camp at Tulane University, said he’ll join the player-organized workouts “sparingly,” not the words of a man who sounds very sincere about returning to the mix.

Bush, of course, has a contract that calls for him to earn more than $11 million this season and he’s going to have to agree to a significant restructuring in order to stay on board. The Saints have a full-house backfield after drafting Alabama’s Mark Ingram in the first round, but coach Sean Payton and Brees are adamant there is a plan for Bush.

First and foremost I want to be a Saint,” Bush said, according to James Varney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “(Brees’ workouts which drew 40-plus players) just started, so I will be here sparingly. I won't be at all the stuff.

“Obviously given the current situation with the lockout -- I think everybody is in different position, everybody has a different mentality, everybody is taking on this lockout differently. Some guys have to think, who aren't under contract at all, have to think about how smart it is for them to show up and be working out, kind of putting their bodies at risk for injury and then not being covered.”

Bush says his agents and the Saints will have to find a “happy medium” when it comes to a pay cut. He knows he’s not going to make that kind of money anywhere else in 2011, so it’s a situation where Bush’s camp has to determine what they believe his market value is. Then, they have to find out if the Saints are interested in paying him something near that figure. Bush will be taking a pay cut to play in 2011 no matter what decals are on the sides of the helmet he wears.

“Obviously there's going to have to be some type of pay cut and some type of renegotations and we'll do the best we can to come to a happy meeting point and hopefully I'll be able to play for the Saints for six, seven, eight - 10 more years,” he said.

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