Posted September 27, 2013

Josh Freeman’s stock still free-falling in Tampa Bay; reportedly inactive Sunday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman may have played his last game for Greg Schiano's Buccaneers. (Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP)

Josh Freeman may have played his last game for Greg Schiano’s Buccaneers. (Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP)

Josh Freeman lost his starting job in Tampa Bay earlier this week. Now, he might not even have a spot on the active roster.

The Buccaneers may scratch Freeman from the lineup for Sunday’s game with Arizona, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported. If that’s the decision, Dan Orlovsky would back up rookie starter Mike Glennon.

According to both Stroud and Bucs insider Jenna Laine, the catalyst behind Freeman’s latest potential demotion may have been an interview Freeman conducted with ESPN on Thursday, which Laine reported “wasn’t authorized by the Bucs”.

“You know, I don’t [want to be traded] for a number of reasons,” Freeman told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “But the bottom line is, if you want things to change, something has got to change. At the end of the day, yes, I think that moving forward, that might be, that is going to be probably the best option.”

Freeman had declined to speak with Tampa media either Wednesday or Thursday, following the earlier announcement by Bucs head coach Greg Schiano that Glennon would take over as the team’s No. 1 QB. His decision to lobby for a trade via ESPN may have been the final straw in his Tampa Bay tenure.

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“The first thing you do is, his advisors ought to tell him that you need to concentrate on just being a QB and not having interviews, not saying you want to be traded,” ESPN’s Herm Edwards said in response to Freeman’s comments. “Big mistake in my opinion.”

Schiano would not confirm (or deny) Freeman’s reported status for Sunday, saying only that he would announce the team’s inactives “90 minutes before [kickoff], as is mandated by league rules.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports speculated this week that the Vikings might consider trying to trade for Freeman. “Frustration’s mounting,” said La Canfora of the 0-3 Vikings, who will start Matt Cassel in place of an injured Christian Ponder against Pittsburgh this week.

The Vikings then have a bye in Week 5 due to playing in London on Sunday, so the timing may be right for a deal.

However, it’s unlikely Minnesota — or any franchise — would pony up very much for Freeman, who has begun burning bridges in Tampa Bay. Freeman has a base salary of $8.43 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. So for the Bucs to move him, they may either have to cut him and bite the bullet on his contract or offer to pick up the majority of that remaining money, likely in exchange for some sort of conditional draft pick.

Regardless, Freeman’s days with the Buccaneers are pretty clearly numbered, with this latest news just pushing him closer to an unceremonious exit.

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25 comments
smather2175
smather2175

Stupid, Stupid move. Josh isn't the one dropping balls, Josh isn't the one making costly fouls, Josh isn't calling the offense.

Tampa bay has a history of getting rid of Superbowl quality QB's. We ran Steve Young out of town, and we ran Trent Dilfer out of town. Both went on to win Super Bowls and Young was even the MVP of his. Yet, Tampa hung on to Vinny Testeverde for effing ever.

They should have looked to the coaching staff. Specifically the offensive coordinator and head coach.

help4mac1
help4mac1

This could turn out very badly.

Matthew51
Matthew51

This should surprise no one coming from the team that practices situational football by attacking the victory formation

biggboi
biggboi

the bucs is my team but they dont stand by no q.b. side mess up you out of here

not all on josh stay josh whatever happen

biggboi
biggboi

freeman stay bye bye schiano

Knock
Knock

The issue is Freeman is Gay!!! Sad to say but true. The team didn't vote him captain because of it. He has a drinking problem due to his issue with coming out. He's missed his own charity events, team meetings and the team picture. I'm a life long Bucs fan and I'v supported him and will continue to where ever he ends up. I hope he can find acceptance and continue his career with out personal judgment

If you think im Full of it......Google it and decide for yourself.

stagger
stagger

Schiano is in so far over his head. It's like watching Spurrier in Washington, only a lot more boring...

Plainview
Plainview

Freeman and Schiano need to go, but I think only one has a chance to be good in the nfl and that's freeman.  Schiano just ruffled too many feathers, and while Freeman broke rules he is more likely to mature. 

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Greg Schiano only said the other day that Freeman would be the QB and then flip flip, Josh you are a free agent at the end of the season go to a new team, and why would any team trade for Freeman when he is a free agent, and if they do only give a 5th round draft pick, Schaino will be fired with 2 years if that anyway

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Schiano is the one that needs to be deactivated. He is killing that franchise. 

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

Who can blame him, really? Schiano seems to be a moron and then the other huge negative is that he's stuck playing for the awful bucs in a crappy city.  Poor dude.  Hopefully he finds a better team to ply his trade.  I'd take him for our Vikes but I don't know if he's really the answer for  us, any more than Ponder or Cassell is... 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

In my business when someone turns in a two week notice of quitting I write them a check for what they are owed and escort them to the door. I don't want the unhappy people screwing up the happy people. The Bucs should deactivate him.

Keats1821
Keats1821

If you've been doing what Freeman has done - spurning team rules openly - then you deserve the deactivation. Schiano has his issues, but here are numerous reports of the locker room being relieved once the QB change was made. The team clearly doesn't want him, the coach doesn't want him, he doesn't want to be a Buc, so keep him away.

yummypeaches
yummypeaches

If Freeman is a UFA after this season the Bucs should try and get anything they can for him . I don't really see anything wrong with Freemans statements . It just seems like common sense .

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

What a first class d$&k! Schiano keeps digging his own grave with this classless authoritarian behavior. Eventually this season, I see that locker room completely tuning him out and displaying it out in the open. I hope its on their Thursday night game where a larger audience can see what kind of clown he really is and embarasses Bucs brass to no end because they deserve it for keeping him around!

6marK6
6marK6

Scapegoating, pure and simple. This is a coach that needs to go.

MrGameandShow
MrGameandShow

@Knock Boy, you type and sound like a person who has no clue what he is talking about.  Gay? Coming out? Has nothing to do with the guy.  




Trolls away though, right?

Keats1821
Keats1821

Throwing stones in a glass house, are we?

PWINGS
PWINGS

@NoQNoSuperBowl "....I don't want the unhappy people screwing up the happy people....."

Sorry, I think it's a bit late to prevent that.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@yummypeaches The problem with Freeman's statements is that they convey a sense of urgency / desperation to any interested NFL teams that severely compromises the Bucs' ability to get fair value in a trade for Freeman. It may even lead to a situation where, if a team believes it is the only party interested in Freeman, they simply wait for the Bucs to cut him outright and minimize / avoid any compensation to the Bucs. In the end, Freeman not only screwed the Bucs, he screwed himself since there probably isn't much of a market for expensive QB's who lack leadership skills AND common sense.

CarlosLopez1
CarlosLopez1

@yummypeaches 

Players on all teams have to have permission to do that, plus he ignored the local media. ESPN probably paid him for the interview.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@CarlosLopez1 @yummypeaches He's making $8M / yr. and he risks further alienating his bosses over the few bucks ESPN is going to pay him? Not very smart unless he thinks his NFL career is coming to an end and he wants a job as an analyst with ESPN?