Posted October 03, 2013

Josh Freeman released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The 2013 NFL season has been far more complicated for Josh Freeman than he ever imagined.

The 2013 NFL season has been far more complicated for Josh Freeman than he ever imagined. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ contentious relationship with quarterback Josh Freeman has finally come to an end. On Thursday morning, the Buccaneers released Freeman after trying to trade him for over a week. This followed a timeline of Freeman being benched before the Bucs’ 13-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, and there are those who have accused the team of leaking information about his involvement in the NFL’s drug program.

“We made the decision today to release Josh Freeman,” general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement released by the team. “We appreciate his efforts over the past five seasons, but we felt this was in the best interests of both Josh and the Buccaneers.”

Freeman and second-year Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano seemed destined for a messy breakup. After the 2012 season, Tampa Bay selected North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon in the third round, and Schiano talked early and often about involving Glennon heavily in the preseason.

“What I can say is, a 4,000-yard passer, a touchdown record — there’s a lot of things you say, ‘Wow,’” Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times when asked about Freeman last December. “Are there things that frustrate you? Yeah. There’s things that frustrate [about] him, too. And I’m not ducking the question, because quite frankly, I really like Josh Freeman. But I want to make sure I don’t get ahead of my skis at all here and really evaluate every single thing to what’s best for this organization. Do I think Josh Freeman is going to win Super Bowls in this league? I do. So, I hope that happens here. But again, at the end of the day, I have to evaluate everything before I can say that’s what we’re doing.”

Freeman completed just 43-of-94 passes for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in three games this season. But the schism between quarterback and coach seemed to be as much about personal dysfunction than anything happening on the field.

In a recent article for TheMMQB.com, Andrew Brandt wrote that after speaking to several Buccaneers players, he sensed an atmosphere of “fear and distrust” in the organization.

Players have told their agents about coaches roaming through the locker room (typically the players’ sanctuary away from coaches) and staff videotaping players on the sidelines during losses to single out players laughing or horsing around. The players also speak to the influx of multiple Rutgers players from Schiano’s past and the use of the phrase “Schiano Men,” a term that clearly does not apply to Freeman.

And though Freeman was clearly not a “Schiano Man” for whatever reason, it’s on the coach for polluting Freeman’s value publicly. Freeman didn’t show up for the team photo — a faux pas made public, was fined for giving an unauthorized interview to ESPN and was left to release a statement about his battles with ADHD after it was leaked that Freeman was a Stage 1 participant in the NFL’s drug program. Freeman’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, has accused the team of trying to blacken his client’s name.

Freeman was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft and had one season left on his rookie contract. He is due a total of $8.43 million in base salary this season, and the Bucs are on the hook for all of it. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that since there are no offsets in Freeman’s contract, he will pocket that full base and whatever he gets from a new team when he is signed elsewhere.

52 comments
LgPhallus
LgPhallus

I would have kept him on the team and assigned him cleaning details of locker rooms, uniforms, etc. When your done with that, do all the lawn maintenance and wash and wax my car. From :, The man who signs your check !

Centennial
Centennial

A lot of racism on this thread. Do I need to remind some of you of Todd Maranovich, Ryan Leaf and a certain Mr Brett Favre  - all of whom had problems with prescription drugs and in one case, weed? 

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Freeman = another black guy who is a lazy bum.  Shocking.

Perry E
Perry E

Oh, By the way, Freeman is a marginal QB. He has gotten lazy in his latter years and it shows in his play. He obviously has the physical ability. Mentally, the game is either too tough for him, or he is lazy. If you have the physical tools, can make the throws, have the height to read the defense, but you are still not getting it done, you either have the world's poorest judgement, or you are lazy in watching the film and properly preparing. Look at Peyton, Brees, Rodgers, Brady? Brady has half the physical ability, but you can tell he is MUCH SHARPER than Freeman, and it is because he puts in the mental work to perform well at his position. Freeman will be in the Arena League, or just retire to private life with the fat payday he has coming this year. Not many teams will give him a run considering how he started this little ruckus with his lackluster play, and then poor team sportsmanship.

Perry E
Perry E

Wow! Only about 3 weeks too late. This was an ugly situation that got uglier by the day. It is something else that after trashing this guy, they actually tried to trade him to another team. When you have something you want to get rid of, and want the best price, smart people talk UP the value. I do not know much about Schiano, but if what is going on in the background is really happening, his tenure in the NFL will be short. No one wants to play for someone they cannot trust!

tlm773458
tlm773458

Go to Jacksonville.  Not only could they use MAJOR improvement at the QB position, and Freeman is really not that bad a QB, but with their situation they could possibly build a team around him over the next 2-3 seasons considering how high Jacksonville will be picking in the draft.

Dumptruck
Dumptruck

I hear Cleveland is looking for someone other than a former baseball pitcher....

joeshine730
joeshine730

Black, drug addict ,trouble making unhappy QB  average ability cut no team in the NFL???? MMMM?? Future bleak very bleak. Bleak if Freeman was white.  

Hola
Hola

The Bucs had to get rid of Freeman.  They should be concern about the investigation into the leaks.

Boogieman1281
Boogieman1281

They have to pay him anyway, so who really lost here??

Heath_Bell_Experience
Heath_Bell_Experience

i think this cat likes snakes so he would make a good fit with the world champion Arizona Rattlers

HowieLee
HowieLee

The Bucs, my favorite NFL team would be crazy not to sign  Tim Tebow at this point and run the read option. They have the players that would fit that style of play. Then again, I am biased. Go Gators, '81!

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

It was Freeman's agent who leaked the information about the drug tests. Why would the Bucs release information that would hurt his trade value? They wouldn't. The only person who stood to gain from releasing the drug information was Freeman. He got the release he wanted, he still gets paid the remainder of his contract, and has the slim chance of picking up a second paycheck with another team.

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Good luck back in the projects selling crack on the corner Mr. Freeman.

CharlesTerrito
CharlesTerrito

Freeman has problems until he deals with the, he will never be a good QB. Too much is being spread about him, blaming others. the Bucs and how they deal with their players should never be allowed. It's like slave management. Who is to blame for all this crap? Freeman, Bucs mgmt and rumors put out! this is a sad case of a drug using player and the Bucs themselves! It sucks to be a Bucs fan.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Congrats to the Tampa organization for turning a spitball fight into World War III.  

MikeRennick
MikeRennick

Kind of ironic for a media article to find fault in the Bucs for leaking Freeman stories to the media.

StephenGrange
StephenGrange

The coach looks like the problem here rather than the QB...Making the wrong hire at head coach is THE real franchise killer..Bad luck Tampa.

JeffGruntz
JeffGruntz

Jacksonville should be all over Josh Freeman like a fat kid on a Smartie. He, Blackmon and Drew-Jones should be able to ignite that offense there.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I really believe that Freeman can be a decent QB with the right coach. And by decent I mean win a little more than he loses and get his team to the playoffs a couple of times. Schiano is as bad as they come and Freeman had no chance with him. The Bucs need to can him right now. They have no chance to be a winner with him as head coach. None at all.

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

Green Bay behind Aaron Rodgers for a coupe seasons can do wonders for your bank account... Ask Matt Flynn

Daniel19
Daniel19

@joeshine730 Did you read the article? Drug addict? The dude is on medication, prescribed by a doctor for ADHD. The team said that, the NFL said that and so did Freeman. Dumbass.

Hola
Hola

@HarshRealities Are you crazy?  NO team was going to trade for Josh Freeman.  They were not going to pay him his 8 million salary.  He will be a free agent at the end of the season.  What team would trade for him knowing he could/would walk away after half a season.  If he has a slim chance of picking up a second paycheck with another team..then WHY would any team trade for him.  Your logic makes no sense.

JRun
JRun

@thebigdawg3 Spoken from the perspective of a 5th grade education and very limited life experience..

jimnocock3
jimnocock3

@thebigdawg3

Is that where you buy your crack or are you a powdered cocaine man?  There are 8 million reasons why Mr. Freeman won't be sellin crack or living in the projects anytime soon.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@JeffGruntz If by "ignite", you mean that in the literal term that it will go completely up in flames when somehow all the controversy manages to bother the Jaguars even more, MJD angrily tears another part of his leg due to him not being the media's focal point for the Jaguars, and Blackmon being the only real offensive threat on the team to the point where defensives can double cover him and effectively shut down the entire Jaguar offense....then yes, Freeman would definitely ignite that offense.

hfm
hfm

@Rickapolis just ask Trent Dilfer how much success you can have as a "safe" QB on a team with a great defense.. he's been in that spot twice and got a ring..

dc2mitchell
dc2mitchell

@Boogieman1281 @thebigdawg3  You do realize many ex-players have made millions in the NFL.   Vince Young, JaMarcus Russell, Matt Lienart, Akili Smith, Andre Ware, and Ryan Leaf.    They were all first rounders.....    how much do they have in their bank accounts now, do you think?

Care to google?   If they did not finish their degree, or make smart financial decisions....   they go back to what they do know.  

Freeman has a chance to turn it around.   He was stripped of being a Captain, by his peers....  That was on him, oversleeping and not showing up to scheduled team appearances, tells me he is going down.  In a hurry.   


Too early to tell whether he becomes a zero.  To early to tell if he can turn this around.

Millions mean nothing in the hands of someone that knows nothing about financial responsibility.   Ask Charles Rogers and Lawrence Phillips.

rutgerstheu
rutgerstheu

@jimnocock3 @thebigdawg3 What u must learn is not to reply to a PWT Poor White Trash, he's ignorant and WILL never be educated enough to speak abt anything. He can't afford powdered cocaine r u nutz, those ppl do Meth its cheaper than crack. He is just showing his Love of Blacks he wishes he could throw a football in the NFL and have a cute White girl wanna jump his bones just cuz he is a Black man. Racism is jealousy! you know how they used to talk about black womans butts were too big & their lips & breast until they were able to buy ALL these body parts for their woman, Now its cool! its all jealousy! sucks to be a PWT

egustaf1
egustaf1

@PAZSKY @MikeRennick Well they'll obviously report about it... that's their job. This whole situation points to an organizational failure though and so it's absolutely fair for them to point that out as well.