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Bucs continue to be unable to get out of their own way on Freeman

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If the Buccaneers have a plan for dealing with the aftermath of benching quarterback Josh Freeman, we’re not sure what it is.

We’re not sure they’re sure, either.

Six days ago, the former franchise quarterback officially fell out of favor with the franchise, removed from his starting job and, by Sunday, lanced from the active, game-day roster.  Already paid more than $490,000 to not play, the Buccaneers are now trying to find a way to unload the remaining $6.44 million by trading him.

And by calling every team and asking if they want to trade for Freeman, the Buccaneers hardly are operating from a position of strength.

If/when (when) they don’t find a trade partner, they’ll have three options:  (1) hope a starting quarterback suffers a serious injury in the next four weeks; (2) cut Freeman and pay the balance of his base salary (currently, $6.44 million); or (3) try to build a case for a suspension without pay for conduct detrimental to the team, or disqualification for termination pay.  (Per a league source, the Bucs have not yet provided the written notice warning him that he risks losing his right to termination pay by failing to show the required “good faith” in his employment.)

The smart move after Monday night’s unexpected turn for the worse would be to cut Freeman, pay Freeman, close the books, and move on.  Give him what he wants in order to get what the Bucs need.

But the Bucs appear to be intent on continuing to push the issue, clumsily trying to build a case to keep all or part of the money they owe him.  The latest twist came Monday, when as Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported the Bucs told Freeman not to attend a team meeting, creating the impression among teammates that he’d skipped it.

After the latest twist broke, G.M. Mark Dominik said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, that Dominik excused Freeman from the 7:45 a.m. ET team meeting because coach Greg Schiano wanted to talk to Freeman about the events that transpired Monday night.

That makes no sense, and it’s starting to make Dominik look like George Kokinis to Eric Mangini, an ultimately toothless figurehead who is doing whatever the coach tells him to do — no matter how ill-advised it may be.

Given today’s development, it appears that Schiano wants to provoke Freeman into doing something that can be characterized as conduct detrimental to the team, so that Freeman can be suspended and up to four of those $490,000 game checks can be withheld.

But it all seems to be backfiring.  The players now seem to be getting wise to what’s going on, making the distraction even bigger and the urgency to move on from Freeman even greater.

Still, the Bucs (i.e., Schiano) continue to refuse to give Freeman what he wants, even if it’s what he so desperately needs.

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104 Responses to “Bucs continue to be unable to get out of their own way on Freeman”
  1. fumblenuts says: Oct 1, 2013 8:57 PM

    Forever to be known as “FreemanGate.”

  2. shaggyjeff says: Oct 1, 2013 8:58 PM

    Uh …Schiano said today , he is not comfortable crossing paths with Freeman at the facility …. Lol There goes any leverage the bucs didn’t have to begin with… I am glad it’s all backfiring and Demaurice Smith was at the facility today….. Grievances will be filed .

    FIRE SCHIANO and Mark Dominik !!

    Fans are embarrassed !

  3. captaineagles says: Oct 1, 2013 8:59 PM

    Seriously. At this point, just release him and get ready to fire Schiano after the season is done. This was laughable awhile ago, now it’s just getting old.

  4. bucfansouthtampa says: Oct 1, 2013 9:00 PM

    They can “Keyshawn” him. Thats when Jon Gruden suspended Keyshawn Johnson rather than trade him. I think it is 4 games out from the end of te season. Who cares. Freeman is a loser, quit making him out to be a victim, no matter what Deumig says.

  5. cuda1234 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:01 PM

    Isn’t there a 4th option – shut him down and send him home with pay? Isn’t that what they did with Keyshawn?

  6. rdkbag says: Oct 1, 2013 9:03 PM

    How many more articles about this middle of the road bum. I believe you are vastly over estimating the football publics concern for Freeman in particular and the Bucs in general. Mediocrity never paid so well……..

  7. bennyb82 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:04 PM

    Jacksonville will give you two beers for Freeman.

  8. bigredgoog says: Oct 1, 2013 9:06 PM

    What are the rules on a compensatory pick? If you lose it by cutting the player then there is no way they should cut him. I think its been said the Bucs will be awarded a third round pick if his contract is not extended at the end of the year.

    I suspect all the nuances revolve around not ruining the compensatory pick.

  9. doe22us says: Oct 1, 2013 9:06 PM

    If you want the definition of a clusterf…, there it is.

  10. bigsmooth37 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:06 PM

    As a Bucs fan and season ticket holder, I am ashamed of this organization!

  11. shadowcell says: Oct 1, 2013 9:07 PM

    Good Lord, just cut the man and move on.

    Ever since those leaks about how Freeman missed the team photo and whatnot, it’s all had the appearance of Schiano and the Bucs throwing Freeman under the bus. Whether or not he deserves it, free agents and draftees are going to notice this, and who wants to go play for a team where getting on the coach’s bad side means he’ll go out of his way to destroy your reputation and employability?

    Yeesh. Darrelle Revis’ team is full of drama and yet he didn’t cause it. Who’da thunk.

  12. mymombeatsyourmom says: Oct 1, 2013 9:08 PM

    Maybe he could clean the building until they figure out a trade…..

  13. thegregwitul says: Oct 1, 2013 9:09 PM

    I think this site is going down the rabbit hole. So much speculation treated as fact because it’s reported by peers in the media, while Freeman’s personal issues and horrid on field production is somehow the byproduct of Greg Schiano’s treatment, because of course, Josh Freeman isn’t responsible for Josh Freeman.

    Understand that these are lives that you are leveraging for page hits. At the end of the day, the best solution for the Bucs might be to cleanse themselves of Freeman, Schiano and Dominik, and I’m sure in a year or so if Josh Freeman bounces back, this very same site will criticize the Bucs for letting Freeman go without getting anything in return. How do I know it’ll happen? Because it’s happening now with Aqib Talib, PFT Planets defensive player and humanitarian of the year, who this site said on Monday the Bucs were foolish to get rid of, yet when he was a member of the Bucs, PFT led the charge to slam Talib at every turn. You can’t have it both ways, unless you’re the media of course.

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 1, 2013 9:09 PM

    Message to the Bucs:

    You can not win the Freeman mini-game at this point sans Freeman shooting himself in the foot. You can only minimize the fallout damage. Now act wisely for once and make the best move of all available options. That means you have to trade somebody else other than Freeman and get creative in negotiating your best exit strategy. Time is ticking, and every passing day is going to leave you in a weaker position than the previous day.

  15. thesteelskirt says: Oct 1, 2013 9:09 PM

    The whole franchise is “bush league”, it is amazing how fast they fell from the Dungy years.

  16. zipnyc says: Oct 1, 2013 9:12 PM

    And you people say the Jets are the circus…

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:16 PM

    Why would any team want Freeman at this point ?

    Between his poor play, his horrible attitude and his far too high guaranteed salary any team would have to be nuts to take him on.

    The Bucs should suspend him for 4 games for conduct detrimental and then if he keeps playing games like missing meetings after he completes the suspension suspend him again.

  18. wearethesteelers says: Oct 1, 2013 9:16 PM

    Drama

  19. earpaniac says: Oct 1, 2013 9:18 PM

    If he hasn’t already, Schiano is going to lose the locker room. This is just a disaster. From someone who isn’t a Bucs fan, this just makes the organization look dumb. If they don’t fix this fast, what FA is gonna want to play for this guy?

  20. mdd913 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:19 PM

    Schiano needs a good firing. Freeman wasn’t a problem before he got there and neither were any of the other 100 problems that seem to exist since he arrived.

  21. Exiled1 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:19 PM

    Schiano doesn’t have the give and take attitude to be able to coach entitled professional athletes.

    They demand to be treated like professionals. Schiano only knows how to boss around young men.

    Not exactly a good fit.

    Freeman has run his course and someone will give him another chance next year. Schiano will be coaching in some college rah-rah town next year.

    Lets hasten the outcome and sack them both.

  22. blacknole08 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:19 PM

    Just cut him. You are doing Freeman a favor. Freeman did not divide this team Schiano did!

  23. titansbro says: Oct 1, 2013 9:19 PM

    Schiano simply sucks.

  24. bengalguy says: Oct 1, 2013 9:24 PM

    Mike Brown would’ve unloaded him for a 1st rounder & next years 2nd round pick!

  25. couldntthinkofaname says: Oct 1, 2013 9:25 PM

    Lol There goes any leverage the bucs didn’t have to begin with…

    ____________________

    LMAO Love that line. Nicely done!

  26. legeisyaj says: Oct 1, 2013 9:27 PM

    Move on. Cut him. Let schiano steer the ship. If TB lets him, he will produce a winning franchise. Making rash or drastic mgmt decisions every few years is the flaw here. Freeman can go away. Replace him. Keep schiano. Build.

  27. highspirits1 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:27 PM

    Thank you Tampa Bay for taking all the focus off of my sorry Jaguars. This circus is closing in on the Jets epic meltdown last year.

  28. lks311 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:28 PM

    Somehow Warren Sapp will put a logical spin on this.

  29. ahs2 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:28 PM

    I think the idea of Lovie taking over is a perfect fit…give Schiano 4 more games and then make a move if hes not righted the ship

  30. dwhcic says: Oct 1, 2013 9:28 PM

    Schiano is such an idiot. Can you imagine what the other players think of their coach now? Guarantee this debacle costs him his job, probably from the NFL as a whole. He was too much of a coward to deal Freeman before the season started, and it backfired, badly.

  31. qdog112 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:30 PM

    bucfansouthtampa says:
    Oct 1, 2013 9:00 PM
    They can “Keyshawn” him. Thats when Jon Gruden suspended Keyshawn Johnson rather than trade him. I think it is 4 games out from the end of te season. Who cares. Freeman is a loser, quit making him out to be a victim, no matter what Deumig says.”
    **************************
    You deserve Schiano. In 2 years he has decimated a franchise that had just gotten off the mat. Morris should have been retained and given an opportunity to repair the team.

    But after a bad year that followed a good year, he had to go. Now this clown has fired many of his best players and ruined the desire to play for the ones left.

  32. brewdaddyny says: Oct 1, 2013 9:33 PM

    Even better, trade Freeman to the Jets for Mark Sanchez

  33. commonsensedude says: Oct 1, 2013 9:33 PM

    Greg Schiano has accomplished two amazing feats that no one thought could be done in today’s NFL. He’s made the Jets locker room look healthy by comparison and their coach, Rex Ryan, look like Coach of the Year. You out-crazied the Jets.

    Coach Schiano, although the good people of Tampa are turning on you, Woody Johnson owes you one.

  34. logisticalvoices says: Oct 1, 2013 9:36 PM

    What does Steve Deumig know about Freeman? He loves to flap his gums but never steps foot inside the facility.

    Don’t forget: you can’t spell Deumig without DUI!

  35. moerawn says: Oct 1, 2013 9:38 PM

    Think what John McKay would say.

  36. peehergriphon says: Oct 1, 2013 9:39 PM

    LMAO at Goldson and Revis. Chasing money gets you on a losing team full of drama queers.

  37. fm31970 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:40 PM

    Raheem Morris is probably having the last laugh right about……now.

  38. demolition510 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:43 PM

    So happy Raiders are no longer the most dysfunctional franchise. Turning this ship around – slowly but surely.

  39. thetooloftools says: Oct 1, 2013 9:43 PM

    Tampa Bay sucks. Can we read about NFL teams?

  40. krakyahead says: Oct 1, 2013 9:48 PM

    Schiano is done in Tampa Bay I see an all out player mutiny on the pirate ship real soon.

  41. thedownwardspiral says: Oct 1, 2013 9:48 PM

    I remember being on this exact site & questioning the wisdom of the Schiano hire and spending top dollar for all those high-priced free agents. @onebucplace and @buc4life cursed me and my ignorance up and down, guaranteeing years of dominance to come.

    HOW’S IT TASTING NOW, BOTTOM FEEDERS????? YOUR TEAM IS A LAUGHINGSTOCK!!!!

    PFT, please keep these articles coming. They do my heart good.

  42. ndrocks2 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:48 PM

    Schiano is an idiot if he doesn’t see this blowing up in his face. He’s as good as gone and seems to be the only one who doesn’t get it.

    Freeman at this point doesn’t matter, bad hire from the get go.

  43. zam1104 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:49 PM

    “… it appears that Schiano wants to provoke Freeman into doing something that can be characterized as conduct detrimental…”

    So now you know Schiano’s motivations? Do you have any proof of this kind of accusation?

    See that’s the problem, the media like you, joebucsfan, Steve Duemig, Shaun King, etc. trying to make EVERY LAST THING some sort of ISSUE with huge implications as if you were watching a soap opera. I’ve never seen such a pathetic display.

    You make a statement, be a man and back it up.

  44. bringbackkosar says: Oct 1, 2013 9:50 PM

    What free agent in their right mind would want to be part of this organization at this point

  45. chawk12thman says: Oct 1, 2013 9:52 PM

    In some cases; no one is right. This seems to be one. Hard to see how this ends up resulting in anything positive.

  46. toybkshr says: Oct 1, 2013 9:52 PM

    In spite of how poorly Freeman has played since 2010, Schiano has got this team going nowhere.
    If there’s any truth to this article that the players are of the belief that Schiano is sabotaging Freeman, then the team will implode even more than they have so far. Ugly situation.

  47. nunpuncher says: Oct 1, 2013 9:53 PM

    Cut Freeman and FIRE Schiano! Don’t make the fans wait until the end of the season to fire this clown. Just think, instead of dragging their feet on an “exhaustive search” like they did for Schiano they can have actual head coach lined up with REAL NFL experience. The fan disgust in Tampa is at a rolling boil.

  48. cheapglazers says: Oct 1, 2013 9:53 PM

    Glazers and Schiano are straight up losers.

  49. FinFan68 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:58 PM

    I can’t buy your speculation. If his teammates were under the impression he skipped the meeting, he probably did. They talk/text/see each other at the facility. Dominik’s reason for excusing Freeman makes no sense at all. It looks like, for whatever reason, that Dominik is covering for Freeman on this one. Maybe to salvage any possible trade value, or maybe to ease the attitudes of some teammates. Possibly even because he disagrees with the decision to bench Freeman last week (supposedly came after a long talk between GM and HC) Who knows? Or he could be taking heat off of Schiano by saying he excused the absence if Schiano told Freeman to stay away.

    Regardless of what the reasons and details are, there is a hot mess brewing in Tampa and if they do not decisively fix it soon, it will boil over out of control for the rest of the season.

  50. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 1, 2013 9:58 PM

    I hope it goes on all season…
    It’s funny!

  51. PacificNWMark says: Oct 1, 2013 10:01 PM

    Stay classy Tampa Bay.

  52. mrlaloosh says: Oct 1, 2013 10:06 PM

    Goodell needs to earn his money by stepping in and telling the Glazers to rectify this embarrassing situation. Even the moronic Bucs fans don’t deserve this soap opera. Maybe they do, come to think of it.
    Either way, the “Sheild” is being tarnished by the complete dysfunction of this franchise. Come on Roger, do your thing!

  53. runbrowns says: Oct 1, 2013 10:08 PM

    Freeman is no prince, BUT it seems to me that the real problem is that Schiano wants to be a Type A prick of a collage coach in the mold of ‎Bob Knight and is letting his pride get in the way of smart business.

  54. vols84 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:12 PM

    Freeman is a victim of a college coach that won’t be there long. I hope Freeman gets another chance somewhere. He’s a Kansas City kid and really a good person.

  55. vikescry1 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:12 PM

    What a joke, any coach who sends his defense after an opposing qb kneeldown??? Not sure if the situation is being handled properly.

  56. vols84 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:14 PM

    Freeman is victim to a college coach wrecking the organization that won’t be there long. I hope Freeman gets another chance somewhere. He’s a Kansas City kid and real good guy.

  57. bengalsfan20 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:19 PM

    This is just getting embarrassing, Bucs need to just lay down the law and fire Schiano now and cut Freeman.

  58. bobsnygiants says: Oct 1, 2013 10:35 PM

    I think they should get rid of Schiano, because he is a no no.

  59. realfootballfan says: Oct 1, 2013 10:39 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cardinals who ironically have Carson Palmer who the Bucs supposedly wanted (why, I don’t know) end up being his landing spot.

    His game reminds alot of Roethlisberger, and he thrived most when he was allowed to extend plays during his first full season starting.

    Palmer is clearly done at this point of his career, and maybe Arians can try to fix that problem by getting Freeman in the fold.

  60. thehuddleisondeathrow says: Oct 1, 2013 10:41 PM

    Ok…. Fire Schiano and Mark Dominik….. It’s Really bad now as my Jets friends are starting to win arguments regarding most dysfunctional teams in the league… Enough already!

  61. txeer304 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:41 PM

    Yeah Schiano doesn’t like Freeman and yeah he wanted to bench him all along, but Schiano is not a dummy he is not going to risk he professional career on a QB he’s already benched.

    Schiano is very questionable as a coach, and it very hard to like. But he stand to gain nothing by leaking this info, but could lose everything.

    Do I think the leak is in the building? yes, do I think their being told to leak the info from Schiano? No

    I do know this Freeman is not dumb either and this has helped him look better (even though he’s about 60% at fault for all of this), and he knows any negative report that comes out at this point people will just jump at the chance to bash Schiano and the Bucs. So why not leak it your self when your trying to get your release.

  62. chicagogiantsfan says: Oct 1, 2013 10:54 PM

    Wow. Makes me glad to be a Giants fan. Embarrassing the fans with terrible play is one thing, embarrassing them with terrible play AND diva power-trip melodrama is another thing entirely.

  63. odessabucs says: Oct 1, 2013 11:04 PM

    I moved to Tampa in 1984. Had no interest in the Bucs because of the Culverhouse follies and the no desire to win, just bring the money. That changed when the Glazers and Fr, Dungy came along. The Glazers are great owners. Schiano is destroying the brand with his ego and intransigence.

    He is not an NFL coach. We have talent, many Pro Bowl players, but they can not be happy with the latest Buc’s carnivals. Schiano needs to go. We have these several Rutgers players ? Hello?!

    Schiano is an obvious egomaniac whose primary qualification is he looks like a football coach.

    If a change is to take place, there is no need to go to the latest young flavor of the month. There are experienced proven winners available that would command the respect of our Pro Bowlers. Perhaps Brian Billick as GM, Lovie Smith as coach ? We shall see.

  64. rodh32340 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:10 PM

    Tampa Bay Clowns…does the NFL even have a Commissioner?

  65. keylimelight says: Oct 1, 2013 11:10 PM

    This whole affair, seems a shame that everyone involved is a so-called adult. Money makes people act funny, I guess.

  66. keifer1751 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:17 PM

    There is one solution for the Buccaneers. Keep Josh Freeman but get him a real NFL coach. Freeman has shown flashes of brilliance over the past 5 years and, as a Bucs fan, I believe in the guy. What I don’t understand is why a dipshizz like Greg Schiano still has a job. He is clearly the most incompetent coach in the NFL. He and GM, Mark Dominik, need to be put on a bus headed anywhere but Tampa. He is destroying the team. With the roster the Bucs have, they should be 3-1. Under Schiano, they have a circus clown that just doesn’t know what he’s doing.

  67. ddmcd1974 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:19 PM

    Huh? I just don’t get it. How are thy trying to get him to do something wrong? The media is crazy. 1st they jump on the attack Josh bandwagon and now its attack Schiano while they actually don’t know much besides jumping to conclusions, throwing darts to see if they stick, and circling the wagons to have any kind of move made. None of this is even newsworthy. Qb plays like crap. Coach isn’t behind qb for many reasons including crap play. Qb sits, whines, qb is now off the sidelines. It happens its nothing new.

  68. sc711 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:20 PM

    I still say its deeper than ADHD, not in a bad way, just misunderstood….clear the air….get behind him….kid has talent.

  69. vols84 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:23 PM

    Freeman is a good Kansas City kid. This is all the works of a college coach who will be out of a job soon.

  70. sc711 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:24 PM

    Bucs, just trade for Flynn…..problem solved.

  71. fearthehoody says: Oct 1, 2013 11:26 PM

    Bucs are tryin to move em but Josh insists on playing for a Colombian NFL franchise

  72. kinggator says: Oct 1, 2013 11:39 PM

    Freeman should be cut by Friday at this rate. The Bucs will fire Shi after going 3-13 & hire a bum. They’ll draft another bust, complain about ticket sales & the show will go on under the circus tent. At least we have the Rays!

  73. jetslakersfan says: Oct 1, 2013 11:39 PM

    Wait until Revis holdout at the end of this season. Can’t to see how they handle that.

  74. nflfolly says: Oct 1, 2013 11:43 PM

    Freeman is a cancer to the team and any future teams. Blaming Freeman’s crap football QB skills and his zero leadership abilities on Schiano is bizarre.

  75. onebucplace says: Oct 1, 2013 11:46 PM

    Didn’t Gruden sign a 5-year extension in 2008 before he got fired at the end of the season? Maybe I’m off by a year, but if not, and I can’t believe I’ve been so beaten down I’d actually want this… but if Gruden is still under contract bring him in. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH and I HATED Gruden, but he’s a choir boy compared to the complete piece of Jersey trash that is Schiano.

  76. ncarolinarn7 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:51 PM

    I love the fans that have no heart and soul for others. Great world we live in. People spew all their hardcore opinions like they’ve never made any life mistakes they wanted someone to give them another chance. Freeman is a very young man in a highly paid profession. Not everyone is taught life skills and we all need second third and fourth chances. Lastly no one even truly knows what he did it’s only rumors at this point. My goodness such big talkers. God have mercy.

  77. tommyribs says: Oct 2, 2013 12:05 AM

    I am sure the Bucs are going to be a hot bed for free agent activity now.

  78. godofwine330 says: Oct 2, 2013 12:15 AM

    And STILL so many of you continue to blame the player? Really? You are seriously blind. You must be Repub…nevermind.

    You’re right. It is the player’s fault. All of this. Just…wow. If the team had any direction they could have screwed him over and made it look legit, now there is no way. They are creating an uncomfortable work environment and doing a poor job at hiding it. This hurts the current team, future free agents, and unfortunate draft picks that will have no say in going to such a clusterfudge of a team.

  79. blkeskimo1785 says: Oct 2, 2013 12:25 AM

    bucfansouthtampa says:
    Oct 1, 2013 9:00 PM
    They can “Keyshawn” him. Thats when Jon Gruden suspended Keyshawn Johnson rather than trade him. I think it is 4 games out from the end of te season. Who cares. Freeman is a loser, quit making him out to be a victim, no matter what Deumig says.
    —————————————————-
    So I guess you haven’t been reading about The Bucs’ smear campaign against Freeman. That’s okay. Reading isn’t for all of us.

  80. vegasgreek says: Oct 2, 2013 12:38 AM

    Just trade him to the Raiders for a 5th round pick and get it over with. I’m sure the Raiders will throw in Matt Flynn too.

  81. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 2, 2013 12:44 AM

    Fans are embarrassed!

    ———–

    As they should be. Fans such as this southoftampax got their shinny new lynching ropes last Christmas and are itching to use em on someone like Freeman, no matter what the truth.

  82. cttrojan says: Oct 2, 2013 1:10 AM

    Isn’t worrying about salary implications more in the realm of the GM (i.e. Dominic) than something Schianno should/would be worrying about rather than fixing an 0-4 team?

  83. scandiman says: Oct 2, 2013 1:12 AM

    Seems to me that Coach Schiano and Mark Dominik are the ones guilty of conduct detrimental to the team. If the Bucs keep this up, I wonder if Freeman should consider pursuing a defamation of character lawsuit against them.

    The Bucs should just cut their losses, pay what they owe Freeman, and move on.

  84. anthonyverna says: Oct 2, 2013 1:12 AM

    I guess he’s not such a free man. . .

  85. edelmanfanclub says: Oct 2, 2013 1:14 AM

    If they can’t trade him, they should cut him. Yes. It’s 6 million but since it looks like they will pick in the top 5 in 2014, I don’t think that 6 million is going to come in handy later this year. Freeman is a sunk cost at the point, cut your ties if he can’t fetch a conditional 7th round pick.

  86. captbly says: Oct 2, 2013 1:25 AM

    I expect Freeman will be out of Tampa before the next game, but what a circus this has turned into!

  87. borisbulldog says: Oct 2, 2013 1:54 AM

    Gotta love the tightwad Glazer’s, milk Manchester U for all it’s worth and then do the same to the Buc’s!

    It’s just Billionaire owner’s trying to keep it real!

  88. v2the4 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:09 AM

    this is becoming uglier by the day…a coach who rules by intimidation with military style dictatorship is all of sudden “afraid” of crossing paths with his former starting QB? I thought Greg Schiano was supposed to some kind of jersey tough guy, but he appears to be a florida fruitfly….

    this is embarrassing. I think if they dont want Josh Freemen, they should just do what the Eagles did with TO back in 2006…they can suspend the guy for the season, pay him his salary, then release him at the end of the season….I guess they are concerned that if they cut him, he will end up in New Orleans, Atlanta or Carolina and he can give up all the Bucs secrets to their divisional opponents.

    I see this ending badly for the Bucs, and Schiano and the GM are both going to get fired at the end of the year

  89. barnesaintnoble says: Oct 2, 2013 2:47 AM

    I understand why no one at Rutgers cared when this chump left.

    If Freeman can’t play QB anywhere, someone should give him a look at TE. Only Nebraska and K-State offered him as a QB, his other elite offers wanted him at TE.

  90. greatestgamensports says: Oct 2, 2013 4:00 AM

    Freeman is garbage, hope he goes back to school for a real job cause he will NEVER be a professional QB in the NFL

  91. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Oct 2, 2013 4:39 AM

    Cue the circus music!

  92. gb4mn0 says: Oct 2, 2013 6:29 AM

    The MN lavender Larrys love these stories that draw some attention away from their plight of being the league’s biggest joke.

  93. thehouseofho says: Oct 2, 2013 8:00 AM

    The Bucs have no case to suspend Freeman for conduct detrimental to the team. However, they probably have a case against Schiano for his behavior and antics.

  94. jimmyt says: Oct 2, 2013 8:02 AM

    How is Schiano still employed? Owner must be a moron.

  95. bornaraider60 says: Oct 2, 2013 8:29 AM

    Ummm just saying Gruden won a Superbowl for ya this coach cant win a game!

  96. chiadam says: Oct 2, 2013 8:36 AM

    In the Bucs’ defense, who could pass up the chance to hire a control freak that was .500 at Rutgers?

  97. climbinghigherexpectingmore says: Oct 2, 2013 9:13 AM

    Add onions, a little pepper, stir the pot. National media has moved on till something actually happens. Wonder where all these Freeman supporters were when Testeverde, Dilfer, and every other quarterback that struggled in Tampa needed support.

  98. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 2, 2013 9:38 AM

    Mr. Glazer, on behalf of the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, please give Schiano a ten year extension.

  99. realdealsteel says: Oct 2, 2013 9:46 AM

    Nobody wants the guy..and why should they?? He has an 8 mil cap hit. And he’s not worth it. So cut him; take the cap hit and move on.

  100. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 2, 2013 10:15 AM

    “Greg Schiano is an honorable man, a great coach, husband, and leader. We support Coach Schiano and all of his Josh Freeman and victory formation attacks.
    Please consider his future employment by the Tampa Bay Bucs for years to come.”
    -Signed,
    The New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers.

  101. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 2, 2013 10:23 AM

    If I was a Tampa fan, I’d be embarrased by my team right now.

    This a disgrace. Cut him or trade him. Simple.

    Nobody wants him so cut him and as Teddy KGB would say “Pay dat man his money”

  102. dawkinsalwaysaneagle says: Oct 2, 2013 11:10 AM

    This is great! Donavan McNabb has found someone to give advice to. You know, McNabb is VERY smart.

  103. immafubared says: Oct 2, 2013 11:17 AM

    Freeman and his agent my be having there own meeting about what to leak next. “These are the days of the bucs………………….”

  104. immafubared says: Oct 2, 2013 11:24 AM

    Why does everyone say cut him its simple? First if this guy is the one leaking this stuff and creating this havoc, why cut him and give him automatic 6.2 mil pay check and he can go to any team he wants and you get nada in return.

    The Team will trade him first if they can for a draft pick or two and or try and get some pay relief. The last resort is they will cut him but not until the trade deadline in three weeks.
    You owe a guy 6.2 mil no matter what so why is there a hurry.

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