Bush's status shouldn't change 

April, 24, 2006
Reggie Bush's explanation of his parents' living accommodations during the previous season while he was at USC should satisfy the Texans. After all, the Texans aren't about to go on probation if someone else paid for where his family lived. The Texans consider Bush a high-character person. He explained several times Monday that nothing will be found wrong after the Pac-10 investigates the arrangement. Bush is still the top-rated player on the Texans' draft board. Sure, they are considering defensive end Mario Williams, who is talented enough to be considered the top pick in the draft. But Bush has the star power and talent the Texans are looking for. The story didn't change any of his ratings in Houston.

On the contract front, the Texans touched base with the agents for Bush and Mario Williams on Monday but nothing got done. There is a good chance nothing will get done. The Texans are going to offer less than what the 49ers paid quarterback Alex Smith last season. That's only natural. Quarterbacks receive a higher premium at the top of a draft. Bush and Williams will probably hold out to get more than Smith, putting the Texans in a position of picking between the two if they don't get a deal. Expect it to be Bush without a deal, but they will make every effort to get Bush signed before the draft.

Jets might jump at Bush: Perhaps the only way the Jets would move up from the fourth pick in the draft to the second pick is if Bush falls to No. 2. The Jets are considering a running back on the first day of the draft. The Saints have Deuce McAllister, so they would be willing to make a deal and give up Bush if he falls to them, and the Jets would be a logical choice. Don't worry about it, though. The Texans will take Bush.