“A Guy We Have To Keep”December 25th, 2012
Former Bucs tight end and current Buccaneers Radio Network analyst Anthony Becht said in no uncertain terms yesterday that the Bucs should try to extend Josh Freeman’s contract this offseason.
“The body of work shows he’s a guy we have to keep,” Becht told J.P. Peterson on WDAE-AM 620.
Becht explained that he worked with plenty of quarterbacks in a career that spanned 11 seasons and five teams, and Bucs fans should understand that they could do a lot worse than Freeman.
Becht said the Bucs should offer Freeman second-tier quarterback money.
“If he doesn’t take it, then great. Go prove yourself,” Becht said.
Yesterday morning, Joe floated the idea of it being a wise move for the Bucs to try and extend Freeman’s contract now, a way to buy in cheap and give Freeman incentives without tying up big money. If Freeman were to bite (no guarantee of that), there’s also the added value that Freeman could become a potential trade asset down the road.
Joe, though, must disagree with Becht about the “body of work.” Joe sees Freeman as a quarterback who has regressed from being a winner in 2010, to a guy who falters when the pressure is on. Freeman is now 0-7 over the past two Decembers and 23-32 as a starter, after having a losing record in college.
Freeman is young enough to turn it around. But some guys just aren’t winners. It’s the ultimate intangible in every sport.