Josh Freeman to be traded by Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
- By Marc Sessler
- Around the League Writer
- Published: Sept. 25, 2013 at 10:10 a.m.
- Updated: Sept. 25, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.
So what's next for Josh Freeman?
Benched Wednesday in favor of Mike Glennon, Freeman -- barring disaster for the rookie -- likely has taken his last snap for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Tampa is open to trading Freeman, but the Bucs don't intend to sell low. Shopping the fifth-year pro will be tricky because Freeman is in the final year of his rookie contract, but we wouldn't be surprised to see a handful of teams come calling.
The Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders come to mind as possibilities. The Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars probably will look to the draft for answers under center, but all it takes is one organization to have the belief that Freeman can be molded into a franchise quarterback. If a coaching staff feels strongly enough about Freeman's potential, why let him hit free agency?
There's plenty to like about his play. At 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, Freeman brings ideal size to the role and boasts a powerful arm. He's also painfully streaky and has been plagued by the problems that limit other young passers.
When NFL Films guru Greg Cosell said the following about Cam Newton last week, he pointed out that Freeman, too, is "very erratic with his accuracy and, No. 2, he does not see the field well. And it's really hard to be a quality NFL quarterback when you're lacking those two things."
Freeman needs good coaching, but NFL quarterbacks -- especially those with towering arms -- have nine lives in this league.