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Tampa reportedly open to trading Josh Freeman

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The Buccaneers have benched quarterback Josh Freeman and reports indicate that they are open to moving him even further from their starting lineup.

Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and Ed Werder of ESPN are all reporting that the Bucs would be willing to trade their 2009 first-round pick now that Mike Glennon will be running the offense. Both men add that the Bucs aren’t planning to give Freeman away because they’re comfortabe with him as their backup quarterback.

With Freeman all but certain to leave the team after his contract expires at the end of the season, Tampa would be in line for a compensatory draft pick in the 2015 draft. Those picks start being doled out at the end of the third round and are determined based on a formula that takes into account salary, playing time and the ratio of free agents signed by the team to those they lost.

If the Bucs were to trade Freeman now, they would likely get picks in the 2014 draft from the acquiring team. That would bring more immediate help, but it might not be as high a pick as they’d receive the next year for letting Freeman walk.

Of course, all of that assumes that there are teams who want to pull the trigger on a deal for an impending free agent who has completed 45.7 percent of his passes a quarter of the way into the regular season. There’s also the matter of fitting his remaining salary under the cap to consider, which makes it less likely that Freeman will be fitted for a new uniform before the 2013 season comes to an end.

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28 Responses to “Tampa reportedly open to trading Josh Freeman”
  1. steelerben says: Sep 25, 2013 9:39 AM

    Ponder, Gabbert, and Weeden are all sweating right about now. Pryor might be sweating if he currently knows where he is.

  2. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 25, 2013 9:42 AM

    Hmmm… Why would a team trade for a guy who hasn’t been very good and get stuck with his contract when he’ll be a free agent without much leverage after the season?

    I’m not picturing it. Unless they’re letting Hue Jackson make trades in Cincy…

  3. bucrightoff says: Sep 25, 2013 9:45 AM

    Nobody is trading for him, or nobody is offering more than a 6th rounder for him. Cleveland and Jacksonville are drafting QBs, and I really don’t see Minnesota trading for him. Matt Cassel is there and he knows the entire offense, unlike Freeman who’d be coming in blind. And if you think its funny to say Cassel is better, check out both of their best seasons, in 2010. Eerily similar.

  4. stigman2012 says: Sep 25, 2013 9:45 AM

    I peg Freeman’s value somewhere between a sixth round pick and a pastrami on rye sandwich. No cheese, mind you…just the pastrami.

  5. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 25, 2013 9:47 AM

    Washington needs a quarterback.

  6. sowcrates says: Sep 25, 2013 9:48 AM

    What do you give up for him? 3rd rounder? Maybe Arizona would be willing to put in an offer for him to be behind Carson Palmer to give them some flexibility next year if they aren’t awful enough to chase down the top QB prospects and if Palmer starts to falter this year

  7. milkmandanimal says: Sep 25, 2013 9:49 AM

    Based on the formula, there’s a good chance he turns into a 3rd-round compensatory pick; he’s started 50+ games. Is anybody likely to beat that considering how he’s played this year?

    Logically, he’d stick around until the end of the year and then walk, giving Tampa the compensatory pick. That being said, not sure Schiano will do the logical thing.

  8. lightcleric says: Sep 25, 2013 9:50 AM

    Freeman for Sanchez straight up just because I want to see both fanbases’ collective heads explode.

  9. rdr4lif says: Sep 25, 2013 9:51 AM

    Please don’t use Terrelle Pryors name in the same post as those other scrubs you mentioned….SHEESH

  10. h8glazersgobucs says: Sep 25, 2013 9:53 AM

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could trade him for new owners?

  11. tformation says: Sep 25, 2013 9:57 AM

    Oh man, Freeman for Sanchez would be delicious…

    Is Freeman that much of a step up from Weeden, Gabbert, Ponder to matter much? Is it worth the effort and hassle?

    My call: no one steps up for a trade. Freeman is released in the offseason. Someone then gives him a shot to compete.

  12. getyourownname says: Sep 25, 2013 9:57 AM

    Well, for those who buy into the espn QB ratings, the following QBs should be worried because they are all currently below Freeman:

    Griffon
    Roethlisberger
    Henne
    Weeden
    Gabbert

    But then, this is the rating system that has Locker rated above Wilson, Rodgers and Brady.

  13. mpops86 says: Sep 25, 2013 9:57 AM

    Would the new team be eligible for the compensatory pick if he leaves?

  14. vegasgreek says: Sep 25, 2013 9:58 AM

    RAIDERS TRADE FOR JOSH FREEMAN MOVE TO LA IN A JERRY JONES TYPE STADIUM AND COME BACK FROM THE DEAD AND STRIKE FEAR INTO THE ENTIRE AFC BY 2015. BOOK IT !

  15. brenenostler says: Sep 25, 2013 9:59 AM

    Jags for Gabbert

  16. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 25, 2013 10:02 AM

    Who the hell would want to rent this guy for 3/4 of a season? What exactly to the Bucs think they’ll get back in return? Changes need to be made, and it has nothing to do with the QB.

  17. nobby821 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:03 AM

    to ESPN for Gruden.

    Book it.

  18. coltzfan166 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:03 AM

    They wouldn’t trade him unless they got another QB in return. Possibly Sanchez or Gabbert?

  19. thehuddleisondeathrow says: Sep 25, 2013 10:14 AM

    This proves how inept this coaching staff, front office & ownership is. Who is going to trade for a player in the last year of his deal? Initially I wanted coach gone. Now I agree, they all need to go!!! GO BUCS!!!

  20. braven4evr says: Sep 25, 2013 10:14 AM

    What the he’ll happened? This guy was progressing nicely… until Schiano got to Tampa Bay.

  21. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 25, 2013 10:20 AM

    Jacksonville seems like the most obvious suitor.

  22. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:24 AM

    The Vikings could trade Percy Harvin for Freeman.

  23. vietnambob2473 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:31 AM

    I can see the vikings trading for Freeman…they have a solid team aside from QB…there are at least 6-8 starters in the league that Freeman is better than.

  24. 6ball says: Sep 25, 2013 10:36 AM

    .

    Q. Who would trade for Freeman?

    A. A team who suffers a serious injury at the QB position, or a team with a totally ineffective offense.

    .

  25. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 25, 2013 10:39 AM

    Nassib for a second rounder and Joshua.

  26. daysend564 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:56 AM

    My guess is he’s they aren’t getting better than a 5th round compensatory pick. Yes, he was a 1st round pick, but nobody is going to sign him to a big contract and he won’t be a starter. The only thing going for them is that they wasted a 1st round pick on him.

  27. nativeraider says: Sep 25, 2013 11:23 AM

    wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 25, 2013 9:47 AM

    Washington needs a quarterback.

    No they got one on the bench.

  28. surfinbird1 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:54 PM

    Pats want him if he’s from Rutgers.

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