The Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization hasn’t been short on news topics lately. Most notably, Darrelle Revis’ name has been in the headlines for a while now after being traded to Tampa Bay from the New York Jets. Revis has had an ACL tear to recover from and could find himself back on the field a bit later than expected.
The team also had a scare when second year phenom Doug Martin took a nasty hit while making a block against the New England Patriots last week. But, fortunately he passed the concussion tests and should be just fine.
Another hot topic in Tampa has been the upcoming contract season for quarterback Josh Freeman. Since being drafted, Freeman has given the Bucs a few up-and-down years. We’ve seen him look like one of the better young passers in the league at times, for example when he threw for 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 2010.
Sadly, though, Freeman’s three seasons aside from his 2010 campaign have not resulted in the same type of numbers. He hasn’t put up a quarterback rating higher than 81.6 other than that one excellent year. 2013 will be a make-or-break year for the future of Freeman in Tampa Bay.
Recently, Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams was asked about the comments made about his quarterback by legend Fran Tarkenton. The Hall of Fame quarterback said this week that Freeman’s play was “God-awful.” Williams responded in a way that may get a laugh or two out of, well, everyone.
“Everybody has a right to their opinion, but I think Josh, he’s awesome,’’ Williams said according to the Tampa Tribune. “I think he’s one of the best quarterbacks in this league.’’
Hold up there, partner. As much as I like Williams and the potential he brings to the Bucs’ offense, he’s a bit biased here and way off his rocker if he truly believes Freeman should be considered one of the NFL’s best. There’s no reason Freeman would be in such a crucial position entering this upcoming season if he was as good as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.
If Williams can explain why his quarterback hasn’t received a contract extension yet, maybe I will give him some credit for his opinion. Since I don’t see any way on earth he could do that, I’m going to stick with my gut and say that Williams is out of his mind.