Freeman “Would Fit In Well”March 21st, 2014
It’s used to be all about No. 5, then it was all about No. 8. Now it’s all about No. 12, and Joe hopes it’s soon all about No. 2.
Bucs math sure has been challenging the over the past six months.
Speaking of No. 5, Josh Freeman, his stunning free fall couldn’t be more evident during the opening 10 days of 2014 free agency. Nobody seems to want the man who led the ninth-ranked offense in the NFL in 2012. At 26 years old, Freeman and all his unwanted talent reminds Joe of how Joe feels in a room full of Hooters Calendar girls.
There have been faint whispers of the Raiders’ interest in Freeman. Departed Bucs ironman Donald Penn, the new Raiders left tackle, heard them and addressed them with the San Francisco/Oakland media this week.
Penn would welcome another tour with No. 5. Penn also said he wouldn’t make excuses for his tough season last year, but then proceeded to make a couple of excuses, which were at least reasonable.
Q: There has been talk about possibly Josh Freeman coming aboard. Do you think he is a guy who would fit in here?
Penn: “Yes, I do. I heard rumors about that too. I think he would fit in well. He had some of his best seasons too under Greg Olson and his offense. If Josh would come, I would love to block for him again, or whoever I have to block for. I would love to welcome Josh if it does happen.”
Q: Why do you think last year didn’t go as well for you as this past year? What was the difference you think?
Penn: “I really don’t make excuses – that’s not me. But, there was a lot of stuff that went on with the organization that I am not going to speak on. I had six different guards throughout the year playing next to me, two different quarterbacks and it’s just tough. Playing from behind a lot and stuff like that. A lot of stuff went into it, but that is the past. I am ready to move on, and I am looking forward to turning this thing around this season coming up.”
The Freeman mystery continues.
Joe wonders whether former Bucs rockstar general manger Mark Dominik, now the new “front office guru/insider” for BSPN, will make a media name for himself and have the stones to give a candid assessment of Freeman’s past and present. Wouldn’t that be interesting!