Josh Freeman Released By The Buccaneers
By Allen Kim
After weeks of tension, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to release QB Josh Freeman, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Buccaneers attempted to shop Freeman around, but there were no teams that were interested in trading for him and the six-plus million dollars remaining on his contract.
"We made the decision today to release Josh Freeman," Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik said in a statement. "We appreciate his efforts over the past five seasons, but we felt this was in the best interests of both Josh and the Buccaneers."
This has been an ugly situation from the start. After coach Greg Schiano benched Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, the situation continued to spiral out of control.
Information that he entered the NFL’s drug program and that he was fined twice by the team was leaked to the public, and there was some speculation that it was done intentionally by the team. However, such a move wouldn't make a lot of sense since they were attempted to trade him, and smearing his reputation would only hurt his value.
Freeman clearly wanted out of Tampa Bay, and this was probably the best move for both sides. Freeman is now free to sign wherever he wants as long as he can find a team willing to offer him a contract. He’s certainly a huge upgrade over most backup quarterbacks around the league, and he even offers an upgrade over a number of starting signal-callers. He’ll land on another team eventually, but it’s hard to say when that will be.