Former first round pick and starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Josh Freeman, has been released by the team after failed attempts to find a team that would trade for him, according to multiple reports. This ends months of turmoil between Freeman and the organization, especially with head coach Greg Schiano.
Freeman was demoted last week in favor of 2013 draft pick, Mike Glennon. For the past several weeks, different reports have surfaced about Freeman’s future, especially when he was removed as team captain. It was the first time a starting QB that was already named team captain the previous season had lost the leadership role since team’s started officially selecting them. This led to rampant speculation that Schiano rigged the voting.
Freeman wad reportedly told to leave the sidelines this past weekend and watch the game from a suite, which indicated his career with the team was over. There were reports that he was told to stay out of team meetings, and information slipped that he was voluntarily involved in the NFL’s drug program. Freeman issued a statement that he suffers from ADHD.
Once Freeman clears waivers, he can sign with any team of his choosing. Since team’s will not have to give up anything but money, he should find a home, quickly.
In just over 4 seasons of play, Freeman has 13534 yards, 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions thrown.