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Josh Freeman says he isn’t planning to request a trade

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Before the start of Sunday’s games, there was a report that Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was “likely” to request a trade this season because his working relationship with Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano was “beyond repair.”

Freeman was asked about that report after Tampa’s season took another step in the wrong direction Sunday when the Saints followed the Jets’ lead and kicked a game-winning field goal in the final seconds. Freeman said he had first heard about it 10 seconds before stepping up to the podium, that it wasn’t accurate and that he knew of no one in his camp who would have said otherwise.

“If its going behind the scenes I need a new camp. I’m focused on being a Buccaneer,” Freeman said, via Pewter Report.

Freeman also said that no off-field issues concerning the team or his expiring contract were affecting him on the field. He was 9-of-22 for 125 yards on Sunday with an interception and a lost fumble contributed to the litany of mistakes that conspired to leave Tampa without a victory this season.

Schiano said after the game that the problems with the passing game weren’t all about the quarterback, pointing to himself as someone who shared in the blame, and said it was “out of left field” to ask whether Freeman would start in Week Three. If the Buccaneers don’t clean things up soon, it probably won’t be out of left field to ask about the future of plenty of people in Tampa.

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36 Responses to “Josh Freeman says he isn’t planning to request a trade”
  1. bucrightoff says: Sep 15, 2013 10:55 PM

    Not sure why anyone would trade for him.

  2. dgreenfi says: Sep 15, 2013 10:56 PM

    Someone else wants Freeman?

  3. onebucplace says: Sep 15, 2013 11:00 PM

    If you watched this game and you thought Freeman was the problem, you’re an idiot. Please, please, please do the honorable thing and take a long walk off a short pier.

  4. thegregwitul says: Sep 15, 2013 11:03 PM

    Don’t worry Josh, I’ll request the trade for you.

    At this point it would be for the best if Freeman had a fresh start somewhere else. He didn’t play particularly well, but the drops weren’t his fault nor was the horrible officiating that negated the long TD to Jackson.

    I love what the defense is doing, even if the officials are penalizing the Bucs for playing the game the way it was meant to be played, although the Black hit was a legit penalty, but the Clayborn sack strip on Brees was a clean hit (a hard hit but clean).

    At the end of the day you can only slow down an elite QB for so long in today’s NFL. The Bucs had a great chance but fell short. I’d seriously explore what value Freeman has to a team that could use him (Jacksonville, Minnesota and Cleveland all would be improved with Josh) and see what you have with Glennon and then do whatever it takes to get in position to draft a top QB this offseason. The Bucs are so close but clearly it isn’t going to work with both Freeman and Sciano. Heck, it might not work with Schiano, but he’s transformed a defense that was pathetic two years ago into a very strong unit, so he might be able to buy one more season.

  5. marauder6 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:04 PM

    That game was not all Josh’s fault. VJax had a few dropped passes that would’ve kept some drives alive and possibly a different outcome, however, it is what it is.

    Stupid penalties aside, that defense is SCARY!

  6. unkrautsalat says: Sep 15, 2013 11:08 PM

    Assuming he really does want to get the hell out of Tampa: Who would want him now? In week 6 or 7, teams that are really bad should bottom out and draft a new guy, and teams who have a shot at the playoffs probably don’t want a new guy in there to possibly ruin the chemistry. It’s not even about him as a player, just the timing doesn’t make any sense.
    Of course, if a contender without a good backup QB loses his starter, then this is worth a discussion.

  7. kenny3398 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:08 PM

    Who Dat?!?!

  8. noburghfan says: Sep 15, 2013 11:08 PM

    No , that is all speculation , who would want him ??
    CFL ?? Nah , they want Tebow !

  9. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 15, 2013 11:10 PM

    Good idea, not asking.
    I’m thinking the trade market is about non existent.

  10. briandorry55 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:11 PM

    Can we trade Schiano? What a god-awful gameday coach…

  11. mackcarrington says: Sep 15, 2013 11:13 PM

    Regardless of how good or bad Freeman is playing right now, I think most intelligent fans know where these “reports” originate from.
    A writer or reporter is throwing his poo on the wall to see if it sticks somewhere, and to stir things up. If I was a pathetic beat writer for a bad sports team I would be tempted to do the same thing myself. Just sayin…

  12. nevernudetobias says: Sep 15, 2013 11:16 PM

    Freeman has physical skills. Would like to see him with a good QB coach and a change of scenery. I wonder if he has the emotional maturity to be the leader of an NFL team right now. Perhaps a couple years on a bench learning what it means to be a pro would benefit him.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 15, 2013 11:16 PM

    Of course he’s not planning to request a trade. He’s hoping now that the team will take a hint and realize they need to give him some guarantees so he can concentrate on the game and not play being afraid to get hurt. He’s really giving it his all, but if they offer him a contract extension then he’ll really be ready and going all out. He’s done everything he can to try and establish this point without having to explicitly state it. If they continue not to budge, then perhaps that opens up a window of dialogue to talk contract with another team. And I think he would rather have that conversation now in lieu of waiting ’til the offseason. It’s the old “take care of me and I’ll take care of you, otherwise I’ll just see what I can do”. All he wants right now is for the Bucs to play into his hand.

  14. elliottcovert says: Sep 15, 2013 11:16 PM

    Just a few seasons ago he threw for 25 touchdowns and 6 picks, so the talent is there.

    Then again, my team’s quarterback is Christian Ponder and I sometimes fantasize about how good life would be with Kyle Orton.

  15. glazerh8er says: Sep 15, 2013 11:24 PM

    When we look back on these Buccaneer teams, there is going to be a consensus that Josh Freeman played with two of the worst head coaches in the NFL while with the Bucs (Raheem and Schiano). I’m not calling him Doug Williams or Steve Young, but we have a long history of squandering opportunity and talent here in Tampa. There are at least 5 teams that would desperately love to have Josh Freeman. I think we have lost 6 of our last 7 games, half of which we should have won based on coaching decisions or execution from other moving parts Josh can’t control. This conversation is entirely different right now if we are sitting 2-0 like we should be, if we didn’t come out and look like the most unprepared offensive TEAM in football.

  16. 6ball says: Sep 15, 2013 11:42 PM

    .

    I cannot understand the ” sky is falling ” mentality surrounding the Bucs. They’ve had two tough games @NYJ and NO which were essentially one play games.

    They are young which can lead to stupid penalties , have an inconsistent QB and sometimes seem to be ruled by ” Murphy’s Law ”. However, they play hard and are competitive.

    The chances of them leapfrogging their divisional opponents plus Seattle and SF to go to the Super Bowl were remote to start.

    .

  17. modhairken says: Sep 15, 2013 11:44 PM

    Request a trade? Uh, are you serious? Who would want you?

  18. breakingb says: Sep 15, 2013 11:48 PM

    Freeman might not ask but his agent is.

  19. titansbro says: Sep 15, 2013 11:55 PM

    He has shown some flashes here & there. If he had a coach who could develop a young QB then he could be something… maybe.

  20. jimbo75025 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:58 PM

    Who else would want him and more importantly who else does TB have at the QB position?

    Either Schiano or Freeman (possibly both) will be gone after the season-if not before.

  21. bucforever says: Sep 16, 2013 12:09 AM

    Less stupid penalties means this much improved 2013 Buc team is 2 and 0 ! Both of the games we lost were too close for any dumb mistakes or stupid penalties. You can blame the coaching for some of them but it is the players that are causing the penalties ie illegal formations!

  22. Florio_Jr. says: Sep 16, 2013 12:22 AM

    “Damn.”-The five Bucs fans on the planet.

  23. tbtrojan says: Sep 16, 2013 12:44 AM

    WHY?
    Haven’t we Bucs fans suffered through enough game with this clown at QB.
    Please let the original report be true and this is all a cover until the deal is done.

  24. philliampenn says: Sep 16, 2013 2:04 AM

    If he’s playing this bad in a contract year I don’t think he has much to offer another team.

  25. thehuddleisondeathrow says: Sep 16, 2013 2:17 AM

    Freeman is not the problem on this team. If you add the 73 yard scoring play that was reversed due to penalty and the dropped passes by VJ, his numbers would look much better. Trust issues continue to plague this team. That speaks directly to coaching.

  26. silverandblackfan77 says: Sep 16, 2013 2:23 AM

    I think he would be a above average QB with a staff that actually believed in him but the current one are just a bunch of make believe tough guys

  27. afcdomination says: Sep 16, 2013 3:14 AM

    I think he has a lot of talent, and was hoping to see him go to a new team in the offseason when the bucs said they weren’t planning to extend him(via rumors).

    having seen all of this, his teammates voting him out as a captain, that type of stuff, the way he has collapsed in the process despite having a really quality HB and a couple top notch WR’s…I have to say I totally understand now.

    he needs a new team, a new coach, its just hard to know if he will get it. in this league the guys who get those 2nd chances are Alex Smith, who works hard, is reliable, and is respected by his teammates even in defeat. Freeman is not that

  28. hubmeeds says: Sep 16, 2013 3:38 AM

    the vikings would probably take morgan freeman at this point.

  29. bennyb82 says: Sep 16, 2013 5:49 AM

    He would be an upgrade in Minnesota.

  30. onetobeamup says: Sep 16, 2013 5:51 AM

    He wasn’t great but his receivers had multiple drops that would have been first downs and had a 73 yard touchdown called back on an illegal formation.

  31. atlfan31833 says: Sep 16, 2013 5:58 AM

    I thought he was on his way to being a good QB until this coach took over.

  32. jammer88 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:16 AM

    Too funny. Josh Freeman is saying that he’s not “asking for a trade.” What a dolt, on any of the 31 other teams in the NFL, including Jacksonville Jags, Josh Freeman would be a back-up so if the Bus were smart, they would be looking to trade Josh Freeman. Face it Josh, you stink!

  33. bucit84 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:40 AM

    Please request a trade. My sister could play better qb

  34. tpa43 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:56 PM

    Freeman is a decent QB stuck on a bad team with bad owners, a bad coach and too many revolving doors. He could use a fresh start on another squad. Good luck Josh!

  35. jlilly67 says: Sep 16, 2013 2:16 PM

    bottom line is nothing has really changed since being drafted. The knock on him at K-St was his decision making……not his physical abilities. He’s waiting too long in the pocket to see college-sized passing windows and thus his timing is off and leaves him vulnerable to INTs. Until he gets over that hurdle, it will limit him in his career. Easier said than done as you don’t have great QBs growing on trees.

  36. labucs says: Sep 17, 2013 2:07 PM

    “He’s fresh, exciting. So exciting to me”. Remember “DeBarge”? He used to come to the press conferences looking like he just got out of an MTV video. He talks meekly like Michael Jackson. He’s more of a Pop star than an NFL quarterback.

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