The dramatic saga that was the feud between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former starting quarterback Josh Freeman has come to an end with his release today. While his time in Tampa Bay may be over, his football career is not.
All we really know is that teams aren’t interested in trading for Freeman. That doesn’t mean that a team isn’t willing to pick him up for cheap on the market. Just because teams don’t want to give up players or draft picks for him doesn’t mean that nobody is interested in signing the former Kansas State star.
History tells us that this isn’t the end of Freeman. There are numerous examples where players have been excused from their team due to off field issues, mistreatment or what have you, and they have still found a home somewhere. Take Michael Vick for example (and I’m not comparing Freeman’s potential to Vick’s). He was arrested and thrown in jail for 18 months with three months of house arrest afterward. Once his sentence was up and he was reinstated in the league, the Philadelphia Eagles came calling.
What about Vince Young? Young ran into some serious mental issues as a quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. In the end, he was released. This past preseason, he was signed by the Green Bay Packers. Even though he was released at the end of camp, Young was still given another chance.
Let’s head to Oakland where we’ll find Terrelle Pryor. His controversy took place in college and forced him to forgo his senior year at the Ohio State. Now, he’s the starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. Do I even have to mention Tim Tebow? Freeman is a better quarterback than Tebow, yet even still today we are hearing rumors about Tebow’s next landing spot (could he be heading to Jacksonville?).
While Freeman is a solid quarterback, he’s not one to place the franchise on the shoulders of. He’s a solid backup in the NFL and should be no more than that. Yes, Freeman failed a drug test and yes, he was fined twice last year for conduct detrimental to the team, but there is still going to be some general manager out there who is willing to chance on Freeman.
Freeman’s football career is not over. If he doesn’t land somewhere in the NFL in the future, which would surprise me, the CFL in Canada could be calling his name. This isn’t the last we’ve seen of Josh Freeman on a football field.