New Orleans Saints interested in keeping safety Rafael Bush, who’s visiting Detroit Friday _lowres


New Orleans has indicated that the Saints would like to bring back veteran safety Rafael Bush, a source told The Advocate, but Bush is visiting the Detroit Lions on Friday.

Bush, an unrestricted free agent who will be 29 when the season begins, provides valuable experience as a third safety who can fill in for either Kenny Vaccaro or Jairus Byrd.

But his last two seasons have been cut short by injury. Bush started seven games in 2014 and made a career-high 56 tackles, but a broken leg in November limited him to 10 games.

Bush responded by rehabbing and opening the 2015 season as the starting free safety with Byrd still on the mend, but he tore a pectoral muscle in the season-opener, ending his season prematurely.

If the Lions want to sign Bush, Detroit has the ammunition, with more than $36 million in cap space at the start of Thursday.