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NFLPA still waiting to hear from NFL on request for joint Freeman investigation

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The NFLPA has asked the NFL to conduct a joint investigation regarding the leaks to the media of information regarding former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the league still had not responded to the request as of Sunday, October 20.

The league previously had made known publicly its position regarding the situation, stopping short of committing to a joint investigation.

The union wants to conduct a joint investigation in part because the NFLPA lacks the ability to compel coach Greg Schiano or other non-player employees to cooperate with the effort.  The NFLPA also has limited confidence that an investigation conducted by the league would result in the imposition of meaningful discipline.

But as the 0-6 Bucs prepare to face the 3-3 Panthers on Thursday night, there’s a reason to think that perhaps the NFL won’t merely conduct a hollow, rubber-stamped investigation.  As one source suggested, if the Buccaneers are thinking about firing Schiano, a finding that he or someone acting on his behalf violated the NFL’s confidentiality requirements could be used to support a termination “with cause,” which would allow the Buccaneers to avoid paying Schiano the balance of the five-year, $15 million contract he reportedly signed in 2012.

That could save the Buccaneers more than $9 million.  Which would more than offset the $8.43 million Freeman will have earned from the team for 2013.

To be clear, we’re not reporting that the Bucs plan to fire Schiano or that they intend to fire him “with cause.”  The point for now is that, if the Bucs are inclined to make a change and not inclined to pay him moving forward, a finding that he or a member of his staff violated league rules could help the organization avoid paying Schiano a lot of money through 2016.

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17 Responses to “NFLPA still waiting to hear from NFL on request for joint Freeman investigation”
  1. 6ball says: Oct 22, 2013 5:04 PM

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    If the investigation reveals that someone from the Freeman camp leaked the information to hasten his release, where does Schiano go to get his reputation back?

    .

  2. whysomanylosers says: Oct 22, 2013 5:12 PM

    “NFLPA still waiting to hear from NFL on request for joint Freeman investigation”

    Great! They are finally going after Freeman for impersonating a QB!

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 22, 2013 5:13 PM

    Did Greg Schiano steal Freeman’s ability to throw a spiral?

  4. paipp says: Oct 22, 2013 5:13 PM

    If Freeman is proven to be the source of the leak will the Bucs be off the hook for the rest of his contract?

  5. thegregwitul says: Oct 22, 2013 5:35 PM

    I’d appreciate a separate investigation be opened up to determine what in the heck happened to Josh Freeman. I’ve witnessed kids at the park throw more accurate passes. Look, I understand that Greg Schiano isn’t the most popular guy around, believe me, but it looks like he nailed this call. I don’t ever want to witness another football game that poorly played. The NFL should offer free therapy for those that watched all three hours of that train wreck

  6. herogoesallin says: Oct 22, 2013 5:36 PM

    who puts the name freeman in one sentence with JOINT.
    same on you ;)

  7. multiplemiggs says: Oct 22, 2013 5:41 PM

    The Vikings could have traded a first rounder for Mark Sanchez injured and it would be a 100 times better move than bringing in this junkie piece of garbage. What a bust.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 22, 2013 6:33 PM

    How about just a cash settlement, he’ll take a buyout. It will go nicely when he gets another contract from a 3rd team later this year. What a freak year for Freeman, financially.

  9. furnhole says: Oct 22, 2013 6:45 PM

    Schiano was spot on getting rid of Freeman. That was proven last night against the Giants. He was terrible. But Schiano is terrible . His team sucks, he has plenty of talent to win games, and he looks completely lost. He’ll be gone Friday morning and it will be a blessing. The owners are just waiting for the right time. He gone.

  10. firerogergoodellnow says: Oct 22, 2013 7:14 PM

    Firing and having to pay Schiano isn’t out of the question considering the Bucs had to pay Gruden $5 a year for 3 years.

  11. firerogergoodellnow says: Oct 22, 2013 7:14 PM

    *$5 million

  12. mutantman87 says: Oct 22, 2013 7:18 PM

    It was a poor decision by the Vikings to start Freeman so soon after joining the team. It didn’t work for the Raiders with Carson Palmer in 2011 and it had no chance of working last night, either.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 22, 2013 7:19 PM

    This wouldn’t bother me anywhere near as much if the NFLPA has raised the same sort of stink over the 100 or so other players that info has been leaked on over the last couple years.

    Suddenly they care about this instead of vague lip service acting like they cared ?

  14. marima07 says: Oct 22, 2013 7:32 PM

    The NFLPA will get to the Freeman leak situation right after 1. They agree to finally comply with the CBA, and test its players for HGH, and 2. It gets to the bottom of how many of its players are paying off drug testers. Because those issues are still pending and more important than sticking it to Greg Schiano. Right?

  15. Xenu D. Alien says: Oct 22, 2013 7:39 PM

    Cheech will show up at the facility, and ask: “Is that a joint, man?”

    Schiano: “No.”

    Cheech:”Ok, nothing to see here.”

  16. munny10 says: Oct 22, 2013 8:44 PM

    @MUTANTMAN87….It was a poor decision by the Vikings to start Freeman so soon after joining the team. It didn’t work for the Raiders with Carson Palmer in 2011 and it had no chance of working last night, either.
    ___________________________

    And what?….you were expecting the vikings to make a good decision? LOL!

  17. redhot12345 says: Oct 22, 2013 8:58 PM

    Keep the pressure on the losers, because at the end of the day, they can be subpoena.

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