No Extension For Freeman
January 07, 2013 at 10:56am by Scott • 10 Comments »
As we all suspected and Rick Stroud has confirmed, the Bucs will not extend Josh Freeman‘s contract this offseason.
In many ways, it’s the Bucs’ only play. They don’t want a situation like the Jets have with QB Mark Sanchez; they’d like to cut ties but have guaranteed him $8.25 million next season.
Stroud is right in that it was the only thing they could do. They can’t give him a franchise quarterback-type extension since that would completely undermine any “competition” Greg Schiano would want to bring in. Schiano has a better chance of convincing potential quarterbacks that they will have a chance to start if they don’t have another guy locked up for five years at some ungodly number. And, quite frankly, Freeman hasn’t earned a big extension. You’ve got to be able to count on the guy you’re paying the big bucks to. Earlier in the season and last year, Freeman would start hot, play mediocre for a couple quarters and then finish huge. It isn’t ideal, but at least he did it on a regular basis. But after midseason this year, we couldn’t even count on that consistent inconsistency.
With Ron Turner leaving to coach DeVry or wherever the hell he’s going, the Bucs have a chance to get the best quarterback mind available and have two guys learn under him. Freeman will likely be more physically talented than anyone else the Bucs can bring in, so he’ll already have an advantage. All he has to do is be the player we all know he can be, but MORE often. Hey, maybe I should apply for the QB coach job. “Just be good ALL THE TIME, Josh!” How hard can it be?