“They’re Going To Sign A Free Agent” QBJanuary 14th, 2014
Sleepy, leaky Josh Freeman?
One local Bucs beat writer is absolutely certain Tampa Bay will sign a quarterback when the free agency bell rings in March.
Speaking on WDAE-AM 620 recently, longtime Tampa Bay Times beat man Rick Stroud had nice things to say about Mike Glennon but said, “I’m sure of this. They’re going to sign a free agent quarterback.”
Perhaps Stroud has an inside source? But Joe can’t be confident the Bucs will sign a QB to actually compete for a starting job.
The Bucs might have — and should have — drafting a talented quarterback at the top of their minds. And they’ll surely sign a free agent quarterback to compete but with the understanding he’ll be a second or third quarterback, ala the Dan Orlovsky role.
There’s always the possibility of a trade, but that’s a long shot.
Joe’s been amazed how much chatter there’s been on local sports radio the past week about a potential return of sleepy, leaky Freeman. Forget about his upside and downside, the guy didn’t get in line as a team player when he was benched. His camp did everything possible to get Freeman out of Tampa, versus embracing his role as a backup and waiting for free agency. Joe can’t imagine Freeman’s Buccaneers teammates would forget about his me-first attitude — while they were struggling for their first win. And Team Glazer surely would be leery about Freeman becoming a face of the franchise again.
Now Joe can’t entirely fault Freeman. His antics got him cut in a hurry, which enabled him to soak up an extra $2 million+ from the Vikings this season. As a business move, it wasn’t so bad, assuming Freeman can get out from under the bizarre cloud that hung over him in Minnesota.
Joe would put the chance of Freeman getting another shot in Tampa to be as close to zero as possible. The only remote possibility would be if former Vikings head coach and new Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier somehow revealed to Lovie Smith that Freeman was a class act with the Vikings and the reports of him coming late to meetings there were false.
Among the list of retread QBs in free agency this offseason, durable Clemens is at least somewhat interesting as a candidate to compete with Mike Glennon. Without a stable of weapons to throw to, Clemens had a decent finish to last season against good defenses.