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Bucs could have traded Freeman in 2013 offseason

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Weeks before the Buccaneers drafted quarterback Mike Glennon, other teams sensed that Josh Freeman was on the outs in Tampa.

And so other teams inquired about Freeman’s availability.  But the Bucs, per a league source, wanted too much for Freeman.

The problem in part is that the Buccaneers would have had to find a quarterback to replace Freeman.  There’s no guarantee Glennon would have been available in round three without Freeman on the roster; a team picking below Tampa that coveted Glennon would have been inclined to try to jump the line via a trade.

One possibility, as Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times explained on Wednesday’s PFT Live, was Carson Palmer.

Now with Freeman benched the Bucs will get far less than they could have gotten in the offseason — if they can even get anything.  From a draft-pick standpoint, Freeman could be a steal.  But he won’t come cheap financially, either for the balance of the 2013 season or as a free agent in 2014.

The best bet for both sides could be to wait for a starting quarterback on a contending team to be injured over the next four weeks and six days, and then to try to work something out that gives Freeman a chance to play with a supporting cast that puts more talent around him and for a coaching staff that puts more faith in him.

If a trade doesn’t materialize, Freeman’s best bet will be to stay in shape, to keep his head low, and to wait for his next chance, even if that chance doesn’t come until next season.

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19 Responses to “Bucs could have traded Freeman in 2013 offseason”
  1. moerawn says: Sep 25, 2013 4:54 PM

    Second look at Tebow?

  2. wearethesteelers says: Sep 25, 2013 4:54 PM

    We win BIG games and you don’t. That’s the difference between us and others.

    You’re jealous?

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 25, 2013 4:55 PM

    Or earlier than this past offseason, but yeah it seemed like the obvious move to me to move him out and cash him in. A very costly compounding of mistakes is what Dominik has been choosing to Tampa Bay’s detriment.

  4. jetslakersfan says: Sep 25, 2013 4:56 PM

    I blame Revis for all this. Where ever he goes it turns into a circus. Lol

  5. nfl4days says: Sep 25, 2013 5:00 PM

    Who would honestly want him at this point? The Jags?

  6. bucrightoff says: Sep 25, 2013 5:06 PM

    I don’t see him getting dealt. The Bucs will be getting nothing but lowball offers (as it should be) and there’s always the chance Glennon gets hurt and nobody wants to see Orlovsky in. I think the Bucs will choose to lose him for nothing and take the potential compensatory pick instead.

  7. wearethesteelers says: Sep 25, 2013 5:15 PM

    I completely forgot about the Jags. Pretty easy thing to do…

  8. seatownfaithful says: Sep 25, 2013 5:32 PM

    matt Flynn for freeman its perfect for both teams

  9. conormacleod says: Sep 25, 2013 5:35 PM

    Wait. You guys have Orlovsky too?! Jeez. Not good.

  10. bennyb82 says: Sep 25, 2013 5:48 PM

    Just wait…Glennon has not even played yet. Not every 3rd round QB turns out to be a Russell Wilson. In fact, the odds are probably pointing towards Freeman playing QB for Tampa again before the season is over…

  11. ninthwardfriend says: Sep 25, 2013 5:50 PM

    Getting ugly….

  12. jeagan1999 says: Sep 25, 2013 5:51 PM

    $8 million dollar quarterbacks who only complete 45% of their passes and lose 8 out of their last 9 games really don’t excite a whole lot of other teams! While Freeman may have all the physical tools, he lacks the leadership skills and that “killer instinct” that the great QB’s have! Freeman would benefit from sitting behind a Brady/Manning/Brees type QB for a while until he can get his head straight. In the mean time, the Bucs get a chance to see what young Mr. Glennon can do…can he be a Luck/RGIII/Wilson/Kapernick/Tannehill/Dalton kind of player and win some games?

  13. citiciti says: Sep 25, 2013 5:56 PM

    steelers -ben should be out in a few weeks with that o-line

  14. praetorian12 says: Sep 25, 2013 6:01 PM

    Wasn’t Glennon the quarterback N.C. State coaching staff picked over incumbent starter Russell Wilson?

  15. tjacks7 says: Sep 25, 2013 6:12 PM

    Just curious why Freeman won’t come cheap next year? He hasn’t been proven himself as a starter in the NFL and isn’t even consistently mediocre. I find it hard to believe he will receive a big contract as a free agent.

  16. TheodoreJr says: Sep 25, 2013 8:17 PM

    “more talent around him”

    Whatever. Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Doug Martin. He needs more talent?

  17. stoolerz says: Sep 25, 2013 9:34 PM

    Dude, you need to change your name to wearethe0-3steelers.

  18. bryco9 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:40 PM

    Vikings need to send a 3rd rounder to Tampa now, he could be starting after the bye. If Freeman works out, we focus on linebackers & d-backs in the draft. Good bye Ponder

  19. vegasgreek says: Sep 26, 2013 12:23 AM

    Josh Freeman would look great in Silver & Black. He is the perfect prototype Raider QB. Al Davis in his prime would make that deal in a heart beat for a 3 rd round pick then sign him long term. reeman can be a stud QB for the Raiders and throw 30 tds a year.

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