Trade Josh Johnson To Spare Freeman?October 14th, 2009
In a take no sane Bucs fan could agree with, Mike Florio, curator, creator and overall guru of ProFootballTalk.com, has named Josh Johnson as one of his top-10 players who should be traded by next week’s trade deadline.
Florio compares Johnson and Josh Freeman to Browns greats Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn, respectively. By Florio’s logic, Freeman won’t be able to handle the pressure of Josh Johnson looming over his shoulder when he takes the QB torch.
The Bucs are walking into that same potential trap with Josh Johnson and Josh Freeman. The latter was a 2009 first-round pick, and the presumed quarterback of the future. The former is the short-timer, who is playing well without the stress of possibly being benched, since everyone (including Johnson) believes that day is coming once Freeman is ready.
But even if he’s not the starter in 2010, Johnson is showing enough to make him a viable Plan B if Freeman struggles next year. And Freeman will be more likely to overthink and/or hesitate if he realizes that bad performances could give Johnson another shot.
As a result, with plenty of positive buzz being generated regarding Johnson, the Bucs should move him now, and they should trust the guy in whom they entrusted first-round status.
Joe couldn’t disagree more. If Josh Johnson becomes a problem for Freeman, then Freeman needs to buy some oversized Depends and thank his maker that the Bucs dropped tens of millions on such an immature clown as he.
If Freeman stinks, the fans will always be calling for the No. 2 quarterback. That’s the way it’ll be regardless of who’s on the roster.