The soap opera between now former-Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman and management was recently ended upon his release. A subpar start to this NFL season along with extra tensions in their locker room caused things to get out of hand.
These problems primarily stemmed from mistrust that Freeman held for head coach Greg Schiano, especially after his inclusion in the league’s Substance Abuse Program became public opinion. Tampa Bay chose this signal caller 17th overall in 2009’s Draft. He embodied a prototypical passer with the big arm and solid build. This franchise was sure it had landed its franchise player. After 2010’s stellar season that brought 25 touchdowns and only six touchdowns, it looked as if a star was in the making. Turnovers followed him, though, and full progression became hindered. 66 interceptions total makes for concern. Rookie Mike Glennon has taken over and now there must be a waiting period for Freeman.
Certain teams need an upgrade, so there will be at least one phone call, I am sure. The question here is should the New York Jets be one of them. I just want to make it clear that this is not an argument on giving up on rookie Geno Smith. Yes, he has struggled statically, but there is great upside. Bringing in Freeman provides Smith, who at times looks lost, a chance to sit back and learn. Even as a backup, it would be a better option than Matt Simms. This contract comes cheap, too, as any team who picks Freeman up is only responsible for $750,000 of his remaining salary. It is not likely, but using him in either role could be worth a shot.