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Freeman wants out of Tampa now

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Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has refused to talk generally to Tampa reporters since he was relegated to No. 2 for Mike Glennon.

But Freeman has been talking selectively to members of the national media.  Most recently, Freeman has told Jay Glazer of FOX that Freeman wants to be traded or released now.

A trade will be difficult, given that Freeman is due, after today, to still make $6.44 million for the balance of the year.  Unless the Bucs eat some of the money (or a lot of the money), only a catastrophic injury to a starter for a contending team will result in a deal being done.

One factor working against a release is the reality that, if the Bucs cut Freeman, the departure of Freeman won’t be a factor in the compensatory draft pick formula for 2015.  If his contract expires and he leaves as a free agent, Freeman’s exit will be included in the convoluted balancing of free agents who leave and free agents who arrive.

Glazer says the union could soon be getting involved, but there’s only so much the union can do.  Seven guys per week are paid to not play.  As long as they don’t send Freeman home or otherwise lock him out of the building, the Bucs have the discretion to include him each week in the seven inactive players.

Freeman has the discretion to make it clear he wants out.  Which puts the player and the team on a collision course for an ugly separation that will happen at some point before March of 2014.

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41 Responses to “Freeman wants out of Tampa now”
  1. wearethesteelers says: Sep 29, 2013 12:42 PM

    And go where?

  2. 12444uggg says: Sep 29, 2013 12:42 PM

    Something tells me this dud(e) is ending his career.

  3. bucrightoff says: Sep 29, 2013 12:44 PM

    Deactivate him for the season, Keyshawn style. Don’t give him what he wants.

  4. mwilkins0 says: Sep 29, 2013 12:48 PM

    I’m sure their coach will be fired before they cut him loose!

  5. stoutfiles says: Sep 29, 2013 12:49 PM

    That’s nice, but who wants to take on that contract. He’s going to have to play for pennies on the dollar next year to prove himself somewhere else.

  6. bleedrangerblue says: Sep 29, 2013 12:50 PM

    Freeman thinks he’s worth something huh?

  7. justsomerandomguy24 says: Sep 29, 2013 12:53 PM

    I’m generally a pro-union guy, but why on earth would the union get involved in this? So a guy on the team isn’t starting the rest of the year unless there is an injury…Neither are most of the other guys on the team. Freeman is just getting paid a lot to watch.

  8. sdisme says: Sep 29, 2013 12:54 PM

    One of many reasons why the compensatory draft picks need to just go away.

  9. mrsmell says: Sep 29, 2013 12:57 PM

    How about teaching Glennon how not play in the NFL. Be the bigger man Josh. You had your chance, now take someone under your wings and teach. Could be one of the best moves in your life. Josh is probably never going to start for any team unless injuries occur.

  10. arwiv says: Sep 29, 2013 12:57 PM

    They need to either trade him for at least a 3rd rounder, or keep him through the season and at least get a comp pick next year. To release him now would constitute utter idiocy. Or maybe just fire that clown coach of theirs and try to mend fences with freeman. It’s pretty evident that the coach is the problem and needs to go.

  11. jmac34 says: Sep 29, 2013 12:58 PM

    I think compensatory draft picks are great for the league and they help keep parity in the NFL. Freeman isn’t going to get a top shelf comp pick anyway so that should not be a reason to keep him

  12. shaggyjeff says: Sep 29, 2013 12:59 PM

    Schiano has completely destroyed this team….. Fire Schiano and GM Mark Dominik .

  13. fordmandalay says: Sep 29, 2013 1:00 PM

    Who would have guessed that the biggest train wreck of a team would be the Bucs and not the Jets?

  14. bleedburgandyandgold says: Sep 29, 2013 1:00 PM

    Sounds like to me that both sides are being terrible about this but Freeman is just being a baby needs to man up its not like he’s not getting paid to sit on his couch right now 99% of America would be happy to take his place

  15. outlawshark says: Sep 29, 2013 1:04 PM

    If he is willing to take a pay cut and take a bit of humility, the Packers would be a great start. Win-Win all around. In a couple years, he could start again.

  16. alstottwastheman says: Sep 29, 2013 1:04 PM

    What a coincidence, bucs fan want him out right now too.

  17. classyjacklambert says: Sep 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    If he just waits a couple of weeks he will have a new coach.

  18. toybkshr says: Sep 29, 2013 1:06 PM

    At a salary of 8.4mil, where is he gonna go?

  19. cfballfan1 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:10 PM

    So Freemans a crybaby on top of being a half – assed Qb.

    This kid is about to get a Not For Long reality check.

  20. granadafan says: Sep 29, 2013 1:12 PM

    Schiano may be a horrible boss who somehow has it in for Freeman, but he is the boss. Freeman gave Schiano all the ammo he needed to demote and inactivate him by missing meetings, pouting, bad mouthing the coach in front of everyone, etc.

  21. humanlawndart says: Sep 29, 2013 1:13 PM

    Waaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!

  22. bigbaldpapahawk says: Sep 29, 2013 1:13 PM

    And teams are lining up to sign a QB who reacts so negatively to adversity.

  23. runtheball says: Sep 29, 2013 1:16 PM

    Best thing he could do is keep his mouth shut and hope Glennon gets hurt. Nobody is going to sign him for more than the league minimum, If he is going to be a malcontent as well he may have to go to Canada.

  24. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 29, 2013 1:19 PM

    It’s bad news for him that teams are apparently doing homework on him.

    What they’ll find is a quarterback who isn’t terrible, just not very good.
    His best year is behind him.

    And, given his apparent disdain for extra work and preparation, he’s not going to look like the answer to anyone.

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 29, 2013 1:21 PM

    Tampa Bay needs to get a new general manager and cut 2nd string quality Josh Freeman.

  26. squinn21 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:29 PM

    Schiano may not be the best coach out there but he’s getting a lot of heat over this clown Freeman. Saw his 1 on 1 interview on espn the other day and couldn’t help but think that this dude is delusional as hell and thinks hes a hell of a lot better than he really is. Freeman got too comfortable with Raheem (a players coach) at the helm and now he just seems like hes spoiled.

  27. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Sep 29, 2013 1:31 PM

    Freeman is showing his true colors. I supported him for years and then he pulls this garbage. Way to be a team player big guy.

  28. phinfan says: Sep 29, 2013 1:38 PM

    Trade him to subway for a $5 footlong subway melt.

    mmmmm

  29. kash71 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:42 PM

    Jeff George has a better chance of being signed next year.

  30. realfootballfan says: Sep 29, 2013 1:45 PM

    Has there ever been a less self-aware QB? That 27 TD season was years ago, Josh. Schiano is a moron, but Freeman’s alleged partying ways aren’t going to get him picked up to be anybody’s starter. Once NFL teams start digging, they’ll figure out that Freeman might have some serious problems.

  31. jonbeck316 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:50 PM

    If Al Davis was still alive, he would trade a first round pick for Freeman

  32. jvw1982 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:55 PM

    No problem, give up the rest of your money and they will gladly release you, until then shut your trap and collect your pay check, they gave you every opportunity to keep your job…..

  33. surfinbird1 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:55 PM

    I wanna win the lottery NOW.

  34. robf2010 says: Sep 29, 2013 2:03 PM

    This was handled poorly by both sides. Schiano started the demolition of Freeman’s trade value and Freeman is now finishing it. They’re stuck with each other until the Bucs can release him outright without eating his salary. I wonder if they can claim breach of contract if he keeps missing meetings.

  35. fdugrad says: Sep 29, 2013 2:15 PM

    He WAS a captain and was removed, along with missing the team picture, The TEAM PICTURE for god’s sake. These are just two of the things that are fueling the whispered rumors about him. Add his performance AND contract and that makes him both unattractive and risky for any team contemplating a run at him.

  36. go4two says: Sep 29, 2013 2:31 PM

    Who cares?

  37. jimbo75025 says: Sep 29, 2013 2:36 PM

    6.4 million is a lot to pay even considering the compensatory angle. Aren’t those generally extra third round or below picks? Most guys at that level are not even receiving contracts worth 6.4 million so seems a lot of money to pay just for an extra low level pick.

  38. icdogg says: Sep 29, 2013 2:41 PM

    If he thinks he’s worth so much, he could always buy out his contract.

  39. grudenthediva says: Sep 29, 2013 2:42 PM

    It may be 90 degrees out here in Tampa but for Josh, every day is a snow day.

  40. rajbais says: Sep 29, 2013 3:04 PM

    He’s a cancer, not T.O..

    T.O. could at least play and be productive.

    Who’d a thunk that Freeman went from prodigy to Jamarcus Russell’s protege in such short time.

  41. keifer1751 says: Sep 30, 2013 9:57 AM

    I have always believed in Josh Freeman’s potential. He has been in 4 systems in 5 years and none have been worth a damn. Greg Schiano has done nothing but tear Freeman down, upset some very good veterans, and destroy any hopes of a winning season. He is a small college coach at best, and has no business coaching adults. Run this clown out of town during the bye week and have a real coach take over the team. Dave Wannestadt is a hell of a coach and he is already in place. Otherwise, 0-16 is a very real possibility.

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