Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rumors: Team Will Hold Out For Josh Freeman Trade

By Andrew Fisher
Josh Freeman
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are apparently trying their best to deal Josh Freeman, but so far they’ve had no luck. It’s not really surprising that teams aren’t interested in the troubled quarterback, as his 2013 season has been a complete mess. Now there’s word coming out of Bucs’ camp that Freeman wants his outright release from the team, so he would be free to sign anywhere. On top of that, he’d still pocket the $6 million that’s owed to him for the remainder of the season.

As you could imagine, the Bucs aren’t about to let that happen. As much as the market for the QB is lacking at the moment, Tampa is said to be holding out for a team that needs a QB because of an injury. That strategy makes the most sense. While the Bucs may not even have a choice but to wait for another team to come calling, it’s really the only way they’re going to deal him at this point.

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Freeman reportedly is willing to restructure his contract if he is dealt, because while he might be immature, he’s not stupid. He knows that a team isn’t going to pay him the remainder of his enormous salary in 2013. From the sounds of it, all he wants is a chance to play somewhere else. You can’t really blame him for that, as his time in Tampa is clearly over.


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