Actions speak louder than words. When it comes to quarterback Josh Freeman, the Buccaneers are sticking with words.
Appearing on NFL Network, coach Greg Schiano attempted to throw water on the notion that third-round rookie Mike Glennon could topple Josh Freeman at some point in 2013.
“We have a quarterback,” Schiano said, via NFLN’s P.R. department. “It is Josh Freeman. He had a really good spring. I am really encouraged. He is going to have a big year.”
If that’s the case, then why not sign Freeman to a long-term deal now? If, after all, he goes on to have a big year, the price for keeping him will go up — perhaps considerably. And if Freeman gets through his “big year” healthy, the Bucs may have to use the franchise tag to keep him from leaving.
In matters of this nature, talk is cheap. Far cheaper than signing a player to a contract he may not deserve. If the Bucs are convinced Josh Freeman deserves, it makes more sense to buy his services over the long haul now, before the cost potentially skyrockets.
Until they do, Schiano’s words don’t really say much.