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.