Quarterback Josh Freeman is gone from the Buccaneers but the events preceding his exit have not been forgotten.
Per a league source, the NFLPA wants a joint investigation to be conducted into the leaks of information regarding Josh Freeman. As Tom Pelissero of USA Today has reported, the NFLPA wants to participate in the investigation because the union is aware of no internal investigation regarding a confidentiality breach that has resulted in discipline.
The bigger concern, as we understand it, is that the NFLPA has no ability to compel participation in the investigation by Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano or any other members of the organization. Without the ability to force Buccaneers employees to talk and/or to surrender documents and phone records, it will be impossible for the NFLPA to get to the truth.
The NFL previously has expressed an intention to conduct its own investigation, and a willingness to impose discipline. The league also has said that it expects the union to be prepared to take action if it turns out that some of the leaks came from Freeman’s camp.
Per the source, the NFLPA’s primary objective at this point is to determine the source of the leaks, and that the union would take action to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, if Freeman or his representatives were involved in leaking information in an effort to force Freeman’s way out of Tampa.