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Cross the Browns off the Freeman list, too

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As Gantt recently has pointed out, the Jaguars aren’t interested in quarterback Josh Freeman.

The Browns aren’t, either.

Per a league source, the franchise that doesn’t seem to want its 2012 first-round quarterback doesn’t want Tampa’s 2009 first-round quarterback, either.

The Browns remain in the hunt for a franchise quarterback.  They’ll presumably target one in the draft.  Unless Brian Hoyer becomes a franchise-type guy on the fly.

The biggest impediment remains Freeman’s contract.  Per a league source, Freeman won’t be inclined to reduce his remaining base salary or sign an extension as part of a trade.  With this week’s game check already earned, he’s due to receive $6.44 million from Week Five through Week 17.

While Freeman will remain the No. 2 quarterback in Tampa for now, the ongoing presence of Freeman at a time when the Buccaneers are trying to bolster Mike Glennon could become a distraction that results in the Bucs simply cutting Freeman loose.  Because he’s entitled to recover the balance of his salary as termination pay, it really doesn’t make much sense to pay him to not play.

There could be a point, though, whether the coaching staff simply doesn’t want him around — especially if Glennon struggles and the team anticipates a local push for Freeman to be reinstated as the starter.

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17 Responses to “Cross the Browns off the Freeman list, too”
  1. skinsrock says: Sep 25, 2013 2:09 PM

    They already have their own Josh Freeman… His name is Jason Campbell.

  2. uglyglazers says: Sep 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    Dominik and Schiano have lost all power. The Glazers are running wild again!

  3. milkmandanimal says: Sep 25, 2013 2:13 PM

    Nobody is trading for Freeman. He has zero trade value right now. If the Bucs are even vaguely smart (and, after following the team for years, I’m not assuming they are), they’ll keep Freeman and let him walk at the end of the year so they can wind up with a 2015 3rd round compensatory pick. Anything else doesn’t make sense.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 25, 2013 2:17 PM

    Brandon Weeden’s daughter just tweeted that the Cleveland Browns don’t need hgh/steroid abusing cheater adrian peterson…or….Josh Freeman.

  5. root4cleveland says: Sep 25, 2013 2:19 PM

    (6) teams*

  6. trbowman says: Sep 25, 2013 2:19 PM

    “the team anticipates a local push for Freeman to be reinstated as the starter.”

    A local push? Nobody cares about the Bucs.

  7. trbowman says: Sep 25, 2013 2:20 PM

    Schiano is terrible. Kicking him to the curb would be the best next step for Tampa.

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 25, 2013 2:20 PM

    Good I’m glad they’re giving Hoyer a shot instead of trading for Freeman.

  9. stabbymike says: Sep 25, 2013 2:23 PM

    if it is known that they are rebuilding, why would they trade future picks for a quarterback thats worse than the one they already have, hoyer not weeden

  10. goraidersgospurs says: Sep 25, 2013 2:26 PM

    Cross Oakland off the list next!!!

  11. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 25, 2013 2:26 PM

    Hoyer is a back up, nothing more. Weeden looked great in his first two games. Nobody in the ’14 draft is any better than Weeden. We need O-line and receivers not a QB

  12. scaredhitless says: Sep 25, 2013 2:28 PM

    Freeman is a better qb than Schiano is a head coach.

    That isn’t saying much about either one.

  13. ravensfan8780 says: Sep 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    Brandon Weeden’s daughter just tweeted that the Cleveland Browns don’t need hgh/steroid abusing cheater adrian peterson…or….Josh Freeman.

    —————————-

    She’s what 20 now?

  14. ninthwardfriend says: Sep 25, 2013 2:45 PM

    Location, location, and system!!!! Josh ain’t this bad…

  15. ravensfan8780 says: Sep 25, 2013 2:56 PM

    The main reason those teams won’t trade for him is they aren’t winning this season and he’s a free agent next year and a lame duck on a team why even give a 6th rounder or 7th rounder when you can get him for not giving up anything

  16. bobbyhoying says: Sep 25, 2013 2:59 PM

    This Eagles fan hopes the situation festers for a few more weeks. The Birds could beat the Giants and Bucs and be 3 – 3 in a crappy division. (You don’t really believe they can beat Denver do you?)

  17. twonis says: Sep 25, 2013 3:32 PM

    As a Packer fan I would actually feel real good about swapping Wallace out for Freeman. Less tread on the tires, higher mobility, and could get straightened out under MM and TT. For the right price, of course.

    Do it now during the bye week and give him some time to pick up the offense. The injury bug is looming large over the Pack and ARod’s number could be up…as devastating as that would be.

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