Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Writer
METAIRIE, La. ― Saints coach Sean Payton had precious little time to contact one Heisman Trophy-winning running back about another Heisman Trophy-winning running back.
To describe the Friday morning conversation with Reggie Bush as one of allaying fear would be correct, especially coming hours after Bush tweeted, “It’s been fun New Orleans” minutes after the Saints traded up to pick Alabama running back Mark Ingram in the first round of the NFL Draft.
“We had a good visit this morning,” Payton said. “We talked about a number of things. More than anything else, all of those players as competitive as they are want to see their role. The point I made with him this morning and I made earlier was certainly there was a vision we have and used for him.”
That Payton was able to talk with Bush was a stroke of luck. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the NFL’s request for a stay of the injunction that Judge Susan Nelson ruled on earlier in the week.
Because of that, lockout rules come back into play, meaning coaching staffs and front office personnel aren’t allowed to talk with players, including draft picks.
Still, in the brief conversation they had, Payton let Bush know he plans on the running back being a vital part of the offense going forward.
“It was just reinforcing the vision I had,” Payton said. “Just like I said, he’s someone that we definitely have a vision for as we go forward.”