Extending Freeman Would Disrespect SchianoJanuary 17th, 2013
Bucs icon Derrick Brooks is not surprised the Bucs have taken a “no-hurry” approach to extending Josh Freeman’s contract, which expires after the 2013 season.
In fact, Brooks says Greg Schiano’s two-week-old statement of desiring competition for Freeman would be rendered meaningless if Freeman was re-signed.
“No need to rush anything, One, in terms of respecting the head coach’s position on this and creating competition, extending a contract at this time kind of eliminates that opportunity that a head coach wants to do when it comes to creating that environment at that position,” Brooks said.
Brooks makes a sound point. Looking to lock up Freeman now, even a team-friendly deal, would essentially make Schiano’s alleged desire for completion for Freeman a complete sham. Of course, Joe finds it to be somewhat of a sham now, considering there are no quality quarterbacks laying around that are going to challenge Freeman for a starting spot.
Plus, throw in the fact that Schiano and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik assessed Freeman off his heinous 2011 season and decided he didn’t need competition. All they talked about last year at this time was Freeman hitting the “reset button” to recreate his 2010 success. So for Joe, that’s not a sign Dominik and Schiano have the core belief of competition at all positions.
Brooks also made the point that Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco and Tom Brady played into the final years of their contracts, so there’s no reason to think the Bucs are slighting Freeman or doing anything unexpected.