Freeman Had Leverage; Bucs Blew TheirsOctober 7th, 2013
The newest member of the Minnesota Vikings is getting paid.
Per ProFootballTalk.com, Josh Freeman, who will collect more than $8 million from the Bucs this season, is double-dipping to the tune of about $260,000 per game with the Vikings.
The financial commitment shows that Freeman will be given every chance to claim the job. For a full year, the pay projects to a base salary of $4.25 million. That’s more than twice Matt Cassel’s $1.65 million for the year. It’s nearly three times Christian Ponder’s base salary of $1.29 million.
This shows Freeman had leverage on the NFL market. There’s no way Minnesota rolls out that kind of cash if Freeman didn’t have multiple offers on the table.
It also illustrates just how badly the Bucs bungled the closing days of the Freeman circus. Freeman’s new contract is evidence he had trade value. If only the Bucs could have played their poker hand, rather than folding.
The New Schiano Order prides itself on managing, predicting and planning for details. They clearly were blindsided by what ensued when they decided to bench Freeman.