Nearly 48 hours ago, the Buccaneers made quarterback Josh Freeman a free agent. In a league where every team either has a franchise quarterback or is searching desperately for a franchise quarterback (and the first category is a lot smaller than the second), the fact that Freeman has yet to be scooped up by a team that thinks he could become a franchise quarterback comes as a bit of a surprise.
No specific teams have been linked to Freeman, yet. While that doesn’t mean the teams aren’t talking to Freeman’s agents about a possible deal, the fact that no news has leaked in an age of more leaks than Joe Theismann without his supply of Super Beta Prostate makes us wonder whether much genuine interest is there.
It could be that some teams have insisted on secrecy. Franchises like, say, the Vikings, Bengals, or Texans can’t publicly flirt with Freeman. They have to either sign him and welcome the distraction that goes with having him hover over the current starter, or they have to act like they never wanted him, lest they get the distraction without the player.
Still, it’s somewhat surprising that, short of the Bills reportedly leaving all options open, there has been no direct or indirect report that Freeman will or could or might land with one or more specific teams.
We tried on Thursday night to cast a broad net in identifying possibilities. The net could get even broader based on the remaining Week Five games, especially if starters continue to fail to get out of bounds or slide in a timely fashion.
It doesn’t means there’s currently no interest. Potential franchise quarterbacks rarely pop onto the market at all. It’s even more unusual that they show up a month after the regular season has begun. For teams interested in taking a swing at getting Freeman, swinging and missing in October creates a lot more potential problems than doing so in March.