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Report: Teams doing homework on Freeman

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With Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman available in trade and teams possibly becoming immediately interested if their current starter suffers a serious injury, multiple franchises have begun doing their work on the former Tampa starter.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that teams are studying Freeman’s performances in the NFL and their notes and analysis of him as an incoming rookie in 2009.  Mort explained that teams interested in trading for Freeman also are eligible to obtain otherwise confidential information regarding Freeman’s status, if any, in the league’s substance-abuse program.

That last part has an ominous feel to it.  No one has reported that Freeman is in the program or otherwise has any issues, but the mere mention of it will raise eyebrows, especially since Freeman missed the team photo and showed by late for the first day of his offseason youth football camp.

In our view, it’s sufficiently ominous that the NFL should affirmatively state that Freeman isn’t in the program, if he in fact isn’t.

A player’s status in the substance-abuse program is supposed to be kept completely confidential unless and until a player is suspended four games.  Multiple violations and other issues can occur before the suspension is levied and later upheld on appeal.

Again, there’s no reason to believe that Freeman is in the program.  But Mort’s report puts it on the radar screen, when it previously wasn’t.

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7 Responses to “Report: Teams doing homework on Freeman”
  1. jakec4 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:05 AM

    The Jags might be able to lose more respectfully with Freeman.

  2. bucrightoff says: Sep 29, 2013 11:16 AM

    Aren’t you supposed to do this before you draft the guy?

  3. thesmartest1 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:24 AM

    Jason Campbell II

  4. chrisk61 says: Sep 29, 2013 12:27 PM

    freeman had a couple good early yrs in TB. showed potential. has the physical size.

    but if he is a substance abuser, or at least has discipline/commitment issues, that doesn’t bode well for a guy you want to be your franchise qb.

    probably too many question marks. at the other end of the spectrum was the chiefs getting alex smith. that is a scenario with a much higher prob of success.

  5. lordfletcher says: Sep 29, 2013 12:46 PM

    he will be cut, no one could be dumb enough to trade for a QB in week 5

  6. 12brichandfamous says: Sep 29, 2013 1:20 PM

    news flash!! teams doing their jobs. Is that really newsworthy?

  7. green41563 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:55 PM

    Well, there seems to be an 800-pound gorilla in the room here. As many people know, there have been some well-traveled rumors about this guy and his alleged inability to handle a certain aspect of his personal life. Now those rumors may be totally false, but all this talk about “doing homework” on the guy is a pretty transparent reference to it. Someone might as well say it.

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