Freeman Has Played Himself Out Of Elite MoneyDecember 13th, 2012
Count on Josh Freeman being a Buccaneer for many more years, says former Bucs quarterback Shaun King, who now works as an NFL analyst on NBC Sports Network.
One of only three Bucs quarterbacks to lead the team to the NFC Championship, King said on WDAE-AM today that Freeman will score a huge contract extension but played himself out of elite quarterback money with his inconsistency this season.
“He’s placed himself into a more Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel type of a deal,” King said.
Per BSPN, Schaub signed a four-year contract extension a few months ago with $62 million over four years with $24.7 million guaranteed. In 2009, Cassel robbed the Chiefs for $40.5 millon over the first three years off his deal. Cassel has no more guaranteed money remaining and is expected to be released in 2013.
Joe has no clue how the Bucs will approach Freeman. Rather than extend his contract this offseason, the Bucs could very easily let Freeman play out his final year in 2013, and then either sign him then to a long term deal, or slap him with the franchise tag for the 2014 season.
What Joe is sure of is that Freeman will have a brutally miserable and high-pressure offseason if the Bucs can’t muster one win over these last three games.