Turns out Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland spent the night on the phone with Joe Segal, who represents one Reginald Alfred Bush II. Because the Saints were expected to release Bush on Thursday, Miami had to move quickly to ensure it executed a trade for the former No. 2 overall pick to avoid getting in a bidding war with other teams.

Well, it worked. Reggie Bush has been traded to the Dolphins, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. First, though, Bush will have to agree to a new contract with the Phins. The talks continue this morning, and there’s still an outside chance that Bush decides to stay with the Saints at a reduced salary, but a new environment might do him good.

Bush would have a chance to get more reps in Miami, where Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams might be done and rookie second-round pick Daniel Thomas probably isn’t ready to carry the entire load coming out of a work stoppage.

Assuming they’re only going to surrender a late-round draft pick and re-work Bush’s contract, this is a great move for Miami. Considering they already have quality backs in place and would have dumped Bush anyway, this is a great move for New Orleans.

Now, can Ireland get this thing done and then finish things off in Kyle Orton trade talks with Denver? Confidence in Miami is low.

UPDATE: The Bush deal appears to be done.

UPDATE 2: It is done. Details of Bush’s new contract: Two years, $9.75 million.

GLS MOVE RATING: 8/10 (for both teams)