Skip to content

Josh Freeman is only worried about football

Getty Images

It’s setting up to be a big season for Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman.

He’s on the last year of the deal he signed as a first-round pick in 2009 and his team just swung a big trade to raise expectations for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since Freeman arrived. On top of all that, there were some mixed messages from coach Greg Schiano early in the offseason about his commitment to Freeman.

Schiano’s since said stronger things about the quarterback and Freeman says that he “isn’t concerned” about what he calls a great relationship with the head coach. Freeman said the only thing that concerned him was taking the Bucs to the playoffs, whether or not he returns to the team in 2014.

“I give it all I got regardless,” Freeman said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “I love football, I love my teammates, I love winning. It doesn’t really change anything for me. Obviously I love being a Buccaneer. But at the same time, the job is to go out and find a way to win and worrying about any sort of external forces, contract, all this stuff, you can’t worry about that. It’s not going to help you play better. You’ve got to focus on the things that will help you go out on Sundays and win.”

Freeman’s had his ups and downs through his first four seasons, with last year’s strong middle — 16 touchdowns and three interceptions during a 5-1 stretch that briefly had the Bucs in the playoff hunt — surrounded by less impressive work on either side. Freeman wasn’t the reason they missed the playoffs, a terrible pass defense had plenty to do with that, but there’s no doubt they’ll need more from Freeman as well if they’re going to make the playoffs in 2013.

Should that happen, Freeman probably won’t wind up any more concerned about the other stuff than he is now.

Permalink 22 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Rumor Mill, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
22 Responses to “Josh Freeman is only worried about football”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 23, 2013 3:19 PM

    No one is scared of Jason Campbell Jr.

  2. bgm9876 says: Apr 23, 2013 3:21 PM

    like everyone should be, even the coaches.

  3. westampa says: Apr 23, 2013 3:21 PM

    He should put the weight back on. Fat Josh was better, and wasn’t afraid to use his legs to get a first down. I’m sure he will do great this season either way as long as the most expensive O-Line in the history of the NFL stays healthy. However, I hope when contract talks continue Mark Dominick realizes there are about 20 other QBs in the league who would look above average with an elite o-line, and weapons like V-Jax, Mike Williams, and Martin.

  4. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 23, 2013 3:21 PM

    Football is enough for him to worry about.

  5. bucrightoff says: Apr 23, 2013 3:23 PM

    If he plays like weeks 4-11 last year, this will be a playoff team. If he doesn’t I’d imagine he’ll be a KC Chief next year.

  6. milkmandanimal says: Apr 23, 2013 3:29 PM

    I’m still a believer in Freeman, largely because he’s shown enough potential to be really good, and you need at least that to succeed. Without a decent QB, you’re out of luck in today’s NFL, and Freeman at least CAN be a very good QB (though consistency is the huge problem). His nosedive last year pretty much coincided with Carl Nicks going out, and, with Davin Joseph going down in the preseason, the interior of that offensive line was basically a swinging door for the pass rush, and Freeman was making bad throws with people charging in his face on what seemed like every down.

    This year, presuming Nicks and Joseph are healthy, that’s a very good offensive line, and Freeman has shown he can be excellent if he’s not rushed. I’m hopeful for this year, and, based on the crazy deals Romo and Flacco got this year, I expect next year’s offseason to be really expensive for Tampa with his contract extension.

  7. shaggyjeff says: Apr 23, 2013 3:32 PM

    Free is a stud QB, smart,big athletic with a cannon arm….he will be just fine ….what’s funny is he set franchise records last year for td,s and yards and our secondary lost at least 4 games …

  8. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 23, 2013 3:39 PM

    im telling you, adam weber will be the starter by the end of the year. mark it down.

  9. mrpresident2 says: Apr 23, 2013 3:40 PM

    Always thought Freeman had the potential to be a top 10 QB. Hoping the Bucs keep him around

  10. tampamac says: Apr 23, 2013 3:46 PM

    No excuses from Josh this year. He has continuity with the offensive coordinator, barring injuries the O-line is full strength, hopefully Martin won’t have a sophmore slump, they’ve added solid depth behind VJax and Williams with the Ogletree and Steve Smith signings, and the pass defense shouldn’t be sieve-like and lose at least 5 games like last year.

  11. leggett17 says: Apr 23, 2013 3:47 PM

    Who would you rather have : Eli or Josh?

  12. malkinrulez says: Apr 23, 2013 3:55 PM

    I agree with shaggyjeff

  13. raideralex99 says: Apr 23, 2013 4:05 PM

    If a QB has up and down seasons all that proves is that he is just average. Seriously when you have weapons like Jackson and Martin there is no way you should be below .500 unless your QB is bad.

  14. retroreed86 says: Apr 23, 2013 4:06 PM

    QBs like Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer won Super Bowls. Why do some people feel like Josh Freeman is incapable. Freeman is a down field Qb…give him a very solid TE and a reliable extra set of hands at Slot and he will take this team to the top. Just watch. Ogletree will fit this offense very well. Drafting a receiving TE is in the Bucs sights I’m sure. Nobody expected the Dallas Clark thing to work.

  15. winstonpark says: Apr 23, 2013 4:07 PM

    Freeman has a 5000 yd 30-40 td season this year if the defense gives him more opportunities. Bucs are a legit playoff contender with Revis and the #1 run defense. Plus Bucs get back their 2 DEs, and their 2 pro bowl OGs from injury last year. They need a big NT to line up next to McCoy, and a QB for their defense (middle linebacker).


    2nd: Manti T’eo ILB
    3rd: Jessie Williams NT

  16. themagicman1223 says: Apr 23, 2013 4:07 PM

    So many teams would love to have a guy like Freeman, sure he’s inconsistent but 25 years old is young for a quarterback.

  17. henryjones20 says: Apr 23, 2013 4:09 PM

    if u ppl in tampa hate him so much please chase him up here to buffalo! u can have all our qb’s as trade

  18. turbo2728 says: Apr 23, 2013 4:43 PM

    I expect a big year from Free. Great weapons around him, contract year and a great OC. If he doesn’t do it this year, he never will.

  19. krycek84 says: Apr 23, 2013 5:22 PM

    Freeman could get a good contract with a holdout after the draft.

    Tampa has no replacement, and invest too much, to don’t have a solid QB this year.

    He will have all the leverage.

  20. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Apr 23, 2013 5:43 PM

    Unless he has a terrible year he needs to get re-signed. He’s still young and only had a good supporting cast last year, and that was only on offense.

  21. bucheadlouden says: Apr 23, 2013 5:47 PM

    Sign him long-term, just not for a too expensive contract and it´s good.

  22. mythaimyke says: Apr 23, 2013 8:41 PM

    Bye, Bye Freeman!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!