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Bucs could be willing to cut Freeman if he waives his right to be paid

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If quarterback Josh Freeman wants out of Tampa badly enough, there’s a potentially quick and easy path.

Per a league source, the Bucs could be inclined to release Freeman if he waives his right to collect the balance of his salary as termination pay.

Every player with four or more years of service is entitled, if on the Week One roster, to collect his full salary if he’s cut during the season.  Freeman is still owed $6.44 million of his $8.43 million base salary.

It’s not known whether Freeman would be willing to consider taking anything less than what he’ll get whether he’s on the Buccaneers or not.  But if no one is inclined to trade for Freeman due to his salary, his only way out of Tampa could consist of giving up all — or at least part — of the $6.44 million.

Maybe that’ll be the end result.  The Bucs and Freeman agree that he’ll get half the money, and the Bucs will cut him loose.

Or maybe Freeman will dig in and say, essentially, “If you want to get rid of me and you can’t trade me, cut me and pay me.”

Regardless of how it happens, it feels inevitable that Freeman will be a former Buccaneer at some point before the end of the 2013 season.

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11 Responses to “Bucs could be willing to cut Freeman if he waives his right to be paid”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 29, 2013 2:16 PM

    I’m not a Josh Freeman fan…but…don’t do it Josh.

  2. fdugrad says: Sep 29, 2013 2:17 PM

    Sounds as though The Bucs are in a position of strength with that offer. Perhaps they know something definitive about the off-field rumors floating around concerning JF.

  3. eaglesw00t says: Sep 29, 2013 2:21 PM

    With his attitude and actions the Bucs should be able to cut him without being stuck paying him. And who the heck is going to sign a guy like Freeman now?

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 29, 2013 2:24 PM

    The league minimums for Josh Freeman:

    $730,000 in 2014
    $870,000 in 2015
    $870,000 in 2016

    Unless he is guaranteed a nice signing bonus by the team picking him up… it is crazy to give away $6,000,000.

  5. BiGTooT says: Sep 29, 2013 2:26 PM

    Freeman would be stupid to accept this offer, he will be signed by another team and start this franchise just wasn’t for him..

  6. earpaniac says: Sep 29, 2013 2:26 PM

    Don’t do it Josh. There is no way anyway anyone is paying you that much this year.

  7. 12brichandfamous says: Sep 29, 2013 2:49 PM

    Ugh, lemme think….give up sure money for uncertain prospects? negotiating to see who would pay what while under contract is TAMPERING!!!!!

    zero chance of him going anywhere! freeman own the leverage here, not the team as he gets paid no matter what happens.

  8. realfootballfan says: Sep 29, 2013 2:55 PM

    Leave it to the Glazers and the Bucs to try to put money into a decision that needs to be made regardless. Six and a half million dollars is small peanuts to make this problem go away.

  9. eatitfanboy says: Sep 29, 2013 2:56 PM

    fdugrad says:
    Sep 29, 2013 2:17 PM
    Sounds as though The Bucs are in a position of strength with that offer. Perhaps they know something definitive about the off-field rumors floating around concerning JF.

    =======

    That’s a pretty bizarre interpretation of the situation. The Bucs owe over $6 million dollars to a QB they don’t want and can’t trade and the only way they can get out of paying it is if the player agrees to give up the money voluntarily?

    And you see this as a “position of strength”?

  10. FlyFromTheInside says: Sep 29, 2013 2:57 PM

    Guy is done. No team will him. Overrated coming out of college

  11. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 29, 2013 5:30 PM

    Keep up the good work T-Bay. Best of luck winning the Johnny Football Sweepstakes. We know one thing, this is going to be won in Florida.

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