Report: Josh Freeman expected to ask for trade

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It has already been a drama-laden season in Tampa Bay.

It may get even more interesting, according a report published Sunday.

Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is “likely” to request a trade this season, Jason La Canfora of CBS reported Sunday morning.

According to La Canfora, the feeling around the team and around the league is that Freeman and Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano’s working relationship is “beyond repair.”

Freeman, 25, has been the Buccaneers’ starting quarterback for much of his five NFL seasons. However, he is in the final year of his contract, and his relationship with the club has been a source of speculation, particularly in recent weeks. Freeman is no longer a team captain, and it came to light this week that he overslept and missed the team’s photo shoot.

Per Rotoworld contract figures, Freeman is slated to make $8.43 million in 2013. Moreover, it’s unclear what teams would be willing to take a chance on Freeman in the final year of his deal. Finally, whether the Bucs would have any interest in moving Freeman is another issue altogether. Even if the Bucs were interested, they might not be in an ideal position of leverage, given Freeman’s expiring contract and compensation.

29 responses to “Report: Josh Freeman expected to ask for trade

  1. According to ESPN Stats & Info, last week the Vikings faced the NFL’s highest percentage of eight-man defensive fronts (36). Ponder compiled a quarterback rating of 0.4 in those situations. The rest of the NFL’s quarterbacks, when faced with eight-man fronts, threw five touchdown passes, zero interceptions and compiled a 51.1 rating.

    We’ll welcome Freeman with open arms in Minnesota! Get it done Rick!

  2. This is looking very dysfunctional now. 2014 might have a new HC and QB. Schiano can micro manage how much ice they use in the Gatorade jug, but can’t control a player mutiny it would appear.

  3. What a waste of talent. He hasn’t worked hard enough at his craft but who here really believes Schiano is a good NFL coach. Should have stuck to the NCAA where parity is laughable.

  4. Wow, before the season I didn’t see this coming. I’m not a Bucs fan obviviously but this young man has a lot to offer some team. The Vikes come to mind, that would be what they need to get to the next level IMO. The Vikes drafted the wrong FSU QB, but Freeman would make that all better. Ponder can play but is a decent backup type. He reminds me a lot of A. Smith in his early years.

  5. Anything would be an upgrade over ponder. Today is ponders last chance, otherwise, he will be kicked to the curb by his fellow receivers and more so the fans. I’d take freeman for cheap and see if he has any potential.

  6. How about we trade Schiano and the Glazers and keep Freeman. Being a Bucs fan is tough every year but its only week 2 and already we have to deal with all this BS. Seriously…how disfunctional can a franchise be! Unreal.

  7. Yeah the Jets packed 8 in the box to stop Martin last week and Freeman inspired with a 48% completion. If you Vikes and Browns fans want Jason Campbell redux, than so be it. Oh and he is mentally weak too. A little adversity and he wants out? You got it.

    Also Christian Ponder, just guessing, doesn’t have a 4 game stretch with 3TD and 13 turnovers, with a better offensive line, and WRs, like Josh Freeman is on. Ponder and Freeman are both mediocre, and this upcoming QB draft is stacked.

  8. dude had a very good rookie year, what happened? maybe he should put the weight back on and grow the fro again

  9. Bad move by Freeman IMO. If I was him, you just ride this year out. It would be different if he lost the starting job and was on the bench. But as long as he’s still the starter, I would just play out the year the best I can, and move on from there.

    Besides the fact that it gives him the option to sign where he wants, instead of where TB can get something for him, it will look better to other teams. Every team knows the situation he is in. If we know this much, be sure other NFL teams know 10x more. But at the same time, if you are looking to sign a new starting QB, you want a guy that is going to come in and do his best regardless. Not someone who is going to demand out if things start to go a way he doesn’t like.

    He’s not an elite level talent, so IMO, for him to publicly put is a bad idea

  10. How about we keep Freeman and trade Schiano. His antics are not welcome here in the NFL and has potentially ruined what could’ve been for Josh. He may not be the best, but he gave up on him and has no loyalty to his team members.
    Inexcusable for a coach!

  11. All you people calling for Schiano to be gone are just rediculous. People said the same thing about Tom Coughlin, and the man now has 2 rings. All you fair weather Buc fans need to Shut up! Give the man a chance. Freeman has several, he has not produced. I say let the Bucs trade his sorry ass!

  12. I’ve been a Bucs fan since I moved to Florida in 1988 when I was 12 years old. I have watched QB after QB come and go, a lot went on to become even better QBs. Why not try to make him better than let him leave and be better somewhere else.
    For a head coach to manipulate a vote and to drive a bus over his QB is not motivation. It’s a loss of control! Plain and simple.

  13. I agree with guys on the thread who lay 99% of the blame for this sorry tale at the feet of an incompetent coach. Freeman was a rising star with a lot of potential before this college goofball arrived in Tampa. What did he do walking into the front door? Insult, alienate and demoralize his promising young QB and Tick off every competing coach in the NFL with his over the top gamesmanship antics. Shiano is a jerk joke who should be shown the door before he loses 100% of that team before the 4th game.

    As for Freeman I say trade him and just watch what happens. Whether its Freeman for Gabbert, or Cousins, Mallet or Ponder. This kid will shine if he is motivated and feel wanted/respected. If I was Jerry Jones I’d give up a number 2 pick to steal him right now to put some heat behind Romo.

    In conclusion I’ll say this. How many of you have worked for a boss you loathed and hated? Couldn’t stand being in the same room with him? Would you take a picture with him if you didn’t have too? That’s what’s going on here. And the owner better intervene before it poisons his entire team for 2-3 years.

  14. The Bucs were my prediction to win the 1st overall pick in next year’s draft before the season began. And recent events seem to support my prediction. After just two years, yes I think Schiano will be fired. And don’t expect Freeman back either.

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