Bucs won’t try to block Freeman’s termination pay

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The Buccaneers’ decision to sever ties with quarterback Josh Freeman comes with a decision not to attempt to block Freeman from receiving the full amount of his base salary.

Per a league source, the Bucs won’t fight Freeman’s entitlement to the $6.44 million that remains on his $8.43 million base salary for 2013.

Under Article 30 of the labor deal, every player with four or more years of service is entitled to receive the balance of his base salary as termination pay, if the player is on the roster as of Week One.  The team can block termination pay only by showing that the player “failed to exhibit the level of good faith effort which can be reasonably expected from NFL players on that Club.”

The Bucs won’t be making that argument in this case.  As a result, Freeman will receive his $495,000 paycheck for this week (even when there’s a bye, the player gets 1/17th of his annual base salary).  After this week, he won’t continue to receive game checks; instead, he’ll be able to make a claim for termination pay at any point after the end of the regular season and before February 1.

If/when (when) he makes the claim, Freeman will be entitled to receive $5.95 million.

Since the effort to block termination pay doesn’t come until after the season ends, the Bucs wouldn’t have created any additional distractions for the 2013 season by fighting Freeman.  Regardless, the team has decided to move on — even though he’ll get all of his $8.43 million, plus the ability to keep whatever compensation he earns from another team.

32 responses to “Bucs won’t try to block Freeman’s termination pay

  1. It’s the smart play. It will cost them some money now (Peanuts to an NFL franchise) but it will establish them as a place where players are treated generously … at least financially.

  2. Perhaps the organization saves some face with this move, not that it appears they had a leg to stand on if they choose to fight it.

  3. Kinda crazy how quickly this Freeman thing escalated. If someone told me at the beginning of the season that Freeman would get cut after week 4, I would have thought he was facing serious legal charges.

  4. Still want to know why they couldn’t figure out that it didn’t make sense to have him on the Week 1 roster. I don’t want them to explain why they had him, but to explain why they couldn’t figure out in advance that a departure was the best option for the team. What the heck did they talk about all offseason when they were dissecting their QB position?

  5. “It’s the smart play. It will cost them some money now (Peanuts to an NFL franchise) but it will establish them as a place where players are treated generously … at least financially”

    It is the only play. Either pay 6 million for a year long distraction. Or pay 6 million to cut him. Freeman was eligible to recoup the salary and if he wasn’t, he could probably have the NFLPA get involved. So while it may seem like Tampa Bay is being “generous” you can bet that if they did not have to pay Freeman, they wouldn’t. But it probably would end up costing them more to fight it.

  6. Seems like the Bucs organization played themselves out of $6.44 million. They leaked confidential information about Freeman in order to establish conduct-unbecoming, at the same time that they tried to trade him with a hefty salary. At odds with themselves, since on one hand they were trying to save the $6.44 mil by firing without pay, at the same time that they were trying to unload his salary onto another team, who in turn would be even less inclined to have him with all the (purported) conduct-unbecoming. Then the team realized that they had violated confidentiality in total breech of union contracts and common decency, so they just ate the loss and cut him. Total buffoonery. They looked less clownish when they had sherbet pink uniforms…

  7. The Vikings need to take a long hard look at freeman. Unlike ponder, he’s shown the type of talent he has. All they need is for him to be consistent. This would save them a second or first round pick on a QB, and instead the pick would be used to build around a young talented QB.

  8. I’m a little surprised by how that severance pay is doled out…he’s cut now but doesn’t get it until after the league year is over?

    I know it’s not the same, but if I had to go 20 odd weeks without a paycheck I’d be in serious trouble!

  9. Schiano must have more job security than it appears on the surface, because if he was going to be let go any time soon, the GM and owners would not have run Freeman out of town.

  10. It’s like “The Dark Knight Rises” and Batman escapes the impossible prison. The inmates(Buc players) are happy one got away but they know they have no chance of getting out.

  11. Stupid. Allowing a player that acted like a 5 year old throwing a tantrum to maximize what he made from that tantrum.

    They should have suspended him for 4 games for conduct detrimental to the team and then cut him after they’d saved the 4 games pay that they could have recovered that way.

    Not that the team’s behavior was all wonderful either, but now any player on the team knows if he wants out of the worst franchise in the league all he has to do is miss a few meetings and cop an attitude.

  12. Schiano is probably hoping that this sets a future precedent for the Bucs’ severance compensation, seeing as though, well … you know.

  13. Bucs seem to like to do their off season buisness in the middle of the season. No way that is a good business model for the NFL. They should have known before the end of camp that they needed to move on. This rift didn’t happen over night. It had to have been building to escalate to wasting 6 million because your coach and QB can’t get along. Schiano will be joining him as an ex Buc.

  14. scrp2 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:30 PM

    It’s like “The Dark Knight Rises” and Batman escapes the impossible prison. The inmates(Buc players) are happy one got away but they know they have no chance of getting out.

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    I’d pay good money to see Schiano coaching in a Bane mask. That would be a helluva time for him to be miked up, too.

  15. *Ring Ring*
    “Hello, this is the Jacksonville Jaguars front office.”

    “Hey guys, its me Josh Freeman! I heard you might need a quarterback?!?”

    *Hangs Up*

  16. So, the young Glazer kids finally did something right. Now, kids, get rid of that piece of crap head coach and his love buddy GM, and you will have something to show for yourselves.

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