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Bucs need to trade or cut Freeman

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Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has decided that he doesn’t want Josh Freeman to be the team’s quarterback.  That’s Schiano’s prerogative.

But now he needs to finish the job.  Whether it’s by trade or release, the Bucs need to move on from Freeman.

They need to do it not just because it’s the right thing to do.  They need to do it because keeping Freeman around will serve only to aggravate Schiano, to distract new starter Mike Glennon, and possibly to disrupt the locker room.  And if Glennon gets injured and the Bucs turn back to Freeman and he plays well, Schiano could be stuck with Freeman for the rest of the year.

If Freeman finishes strong, next season’s starting quarterback (presumably Glennon) will face comparisons and criticisms if he doesn’t play like Freeman did when he got his second chance in 2013.

Schiano’s attitude toward Freeman becomes even more obvious if Freeman ends up inactive on Sunday.  The Bucs likely will try to get through the next four weeks and two days without playing Freeman, in the hopes that someone swings a deal for him.

Still, with $6.44 million in base salary remaining beyond today, a trade remains unlikely.  Barring an injury to a starter on a contending team or a willingness by the Bucs to eat some of the money due to Freeman, a trade seems inconceivable.

The Bucs should be willing to eat some of Freeman’s salary to get rid of him because, eventually, they’ll be eating all of it to keep him, or to get rid of him.  As a vested veteran, the full amount of his base salary is guaranteed.  If the Bucs cut him, he gets it all.

So they can pay some or most of it to trade him, they can pay all of it to keep him around, they can pay all of it to cut him, or they can hope that someone’s ACL goes snap, crackle, and/or pop over the next five Sundays.

Either way, the Bucs need to move on from Freeman.  The sooner they do, the better off everyone will be.

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13 Responses to “Bucs need to trade or cut Freeman”
  1. rajbais says: Sep 29, 2013 10:20 AM

    Don’t cut him.

    They stink, but a divisional opponent could bring him in to expose their weakness(es).

    Freeman needs to be a healthy scratch because he’ll never play again for Tampa, but it’s time to give others playing time.

  2. contract says: Sep 29, 2013 10:29 AM

    “They need to do it not just because it’s the right thing to do.”

    People have some screwy ideas about what is owed to players that are already being paid millions of dollars to show up for work a few months out of the year. Why would it be “the right thing to do”? He signed a contract. Forcing him to serve out the full term hardly qualifies as a wrong.

    If Freeman wants out of his contract before it expires, he should approach the Bucs about buying his way out of his obligation.

  3. irkjames says: Sep 29, 2013 10:35 AM

    OR, the Bucs could just fire Greg Schiano.

    Josh Freeman was NEVER this bad under Raheem Morris.

  4. lgbarn says: Sep 29, 2013 10:37 AM

    If they can’t trade him, they should keep him until the season is completely done. Why should the Bucs do him any favors. It’s Freeman’s fault he is in this position, releasing him is in his best interest, not the Bucs.

  5. usmutts says: Sep 29, 2013 10:40 AM

    … or, send the coaches back to college.

  6. commandercornpone says: Sep 29, 2013 10:41 AM

    vague talk on sunday tv that he may have a substance abuse problem…

  7. humanlawndart says: Sep 29, 2013 10:42 AM

    Freeman needs to call up Alex Smith for lessons on how to deal with adversity. He is indicative of this new generation of players, unwilling to put the needs of a team ahead of their own.

  8. osiris33 says: Sep 29, 2013 10:45 AM

    Maybe the Vikings could pick him up. Even though all of their receivers are in Seattle…

  9. keltictim says: Sep 29, 2013 10:56 AM

    Kinda feel bad for the kid

  10. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:09 AM

    Freeman has no leadership skills and average arm. He was exposed.

  11. cj1844 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:15 AM

    Why would any one trade for him now??? Hes afre agent at the end of the year

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 29, 2013 12:16 PM

    Good advice, but the Bucs took too long to figure it out. Now they are going to get a lesser deal than if they traded him in the past. That’s just another unnecessary loss that could have been provided if the GM was thinking things through and in advance.

  13. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 29, 2013 12:59 PM

    Sure…Freeman’s receiving corps is average (AT BEST)…but…he is not the golden boy franchise quarterback that the NFL/Tampa Bay marketing departments want him to be.

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