Freeman speaks, doesn’t say much

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If Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman had any remaining allies in the Tampa media, they’ve likely jumped off the bandwagon after Freeman refused to talk to reporters on Thursday — but then sat down for an exclusive interview with Josina Anderson of ESPN.

A portion of the session was played not long ago on SportsCenter.  It doesn’t shed much light or break much new ground.

“The situation is pretty standard,” Freeman says.  “They can make a change at quarterback.  They can make a change at any position.”

He also states matter-of-factly that his “new role is to be second-string quarterback.”

Anderson later asks Freeman whether he’s going to seek a trade.

“There’s been a lot of talk of this,” Freeman says.  “There was talk of this before there was talk of this, if that makes sense.”

It makes sense, in light of our report that the Buccaneers could have traded Freeman in the offseason, but wanted too much.  Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has acknowledged that the Buccaneers were calling his agent before Palmer was traded from Oakland to Arizona.

“I don’t know how this thing’s gonna end up,” Freeman says.  “What a lot of people don’t understand is that, as a player, you don’t have much say in trades.”

In this case, Freeman could block a trade by refusing to extend or otherwise renegotiate a contract that pays him $6.44 million beyond Week Four.

Freeman surely would prefer to be cut.  That way, he could collect the balance of his base salary from the Bucs as termination pay, and then he could pick his next team for the balance of 2013 — and hit the open market for 2014.

10 responses to “Freeman speaks, doesn’t say much

  1. Hey Freeman might be a team killer on and off the field, but getting swarmed by local reporters when they see and likely think you stink all the time is pretty miserable.

    No offense to local guys, but their constant presence may come off as annoying and the scrutinized need a break.

    National reporters come off as sense of fresh air because they’re rarely around and might have better questions than beat guys.

    Still, Freeman has stunk too much to get the benefit of the doubt.

  2. Why is it so hard for members of the media to respect a player’s decision when he chooses not to speak to them? Sometimes when people are emotionally on edge, they simply want to mentally regroup before they begin to interact with others regarding the situation at hand. Reporters know very well that Freeman will speak to them in due time, but what they want more than anything else is to strategically provoke him with questions while he is most vulnerable…desperately hoping that they can catch him saying something he will regret.

    The media leeches are very clever in their ways of baiting professional athletes and coaches into making verbal mistakes, and if I were in their position I would interact with the media quite like Belichik does…short, meaningless statements in a monotone voice. Absolutely nothing of substance.

  3. Fact is that the coaches are inept at figuring out how to move this offense.

    And there is not one WR, O-lineman, or TE on this team drafted in the last two years, and no one here drafted in the top 3 rds. to help out Freeman since he came to Tampa. They draft for defense every single year.

    Also his O-line is among the bottom tier in the league. They just have nothing around him to succeed!

  4. What a train wreck this guy is. Does anyone who watched that interview seriously believe that he’s a leader? Between the guy blowing off his own youth camp, missing the team photo, and his general lack of preparation, who would follow this guy across the street on a green light, let alone into battle?

    This isn’t Schiano’s mess. He’s just stuck with cleaning it up. Thanks, Rah.

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