Josh Freeman “Needs To Be Cut. Today.”September 30th, 2013
Joe isn’t the only person who has noticed that defrocked Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman, with his recent spoiled brat routine, has all but killed any chance the Bucs have of granting his wishes to be traded.
Someone else who sees Freeman all but killing his NFL future by acting like a child is olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading Peter King, of theMMQB.com and SI.com, who scorched Freeman for turning into (?) a first-class punk.
King stated the Bucs should cleanse themselves of this stinkbomb by cutting him. Right now. Before the sun sets tonight.
5. I think the Bucs need to cut Josh Freeman. Today.
6. I think these things are always tricky. You don’t want to be giving in to players who are trying to shoot their way out of your franchise. But the Bucs are in a delicate time. They’re in a poisonous relationship with Freeman. They owe him $6.4 million, guaranteed, for the final three months of a lost season, and every day he spends on campus with the team is an ugly one. It’d be one thing if there was a team out there dying to trade for him. I was in touch with the Jags and Browns on Sunday about their prospective interest. Each has more than $17 million in salary cap money to spend now if they choose, and could afford to take on a new Freeman contract. (It’s assumed he’d try to go somewhere and get a new contract, because he’s due to be a free agent after the season, and it seems stupid to trade something of substance for Freeman just as a three-month rental if he’d hit the market after the season.) Each team told me the same thing: No interest. The Bucs should give Greg Schiano a chance to save his job and save the 2013 season, and the only way to do that is to cut Freeman loose now.
7. I think it’s too late now, but Freeman should have stood his ground, worked his way back to the job and showed future employers he can fight back from adversity. What he looks like now, to the other 31 teams in the league, is a guy who had trouble with a coaching staff, played poorly, overslept for the team photo (if that’s a true story) and started whining when he got yanked. What team is going to pay good money for a 53 percent passer (since the start of 2012) who goes renegade on a team when times are tough?
This is what Phil Simms said recently. The best thing Freeman could have done is to work his arse off so much, that Bucs commander Greg Schiano would have had to re-insert him into the starting lineup. Instead, Freeman decided to act like a petulant child. Whoever is advising him should be sued. Joe never, ever thought Freeman to be anything but a good guy. Actions, however, speak louder than words.
Teams want their quarterbacks not just to be a team leader, but to be team guys, good teammates. The stunts Freeman has pulled the past week or so has been anything but a leader or a team guy. They have been childish, selfish, punkish.
Just what NFL team, just what NFL coach is going to trust Freeman now? Factor in how he melted down in games, how he allegedly wasn’t preparing properly for games, blew off/slept through a team photo, missed team meetings/functions and them goes four-year old girl like the past few days, a coach would have to be drunk to trust Freeman.
Freeman not being elected captain sure sticks out like a sore thumb now, doesn’t it. Sort of speaks volumes.
If you were an NFL coach who was desperate. Of all the first-round flameouts available between Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden and Freeman, who would you trust?
Weeden just got benched for Brian Hoyer of all people. Anyone see or notice him pitching a hissy fit like Freeman?
Young’s shirtless appearances in night clubs and his wandering for hours driving around Nashville pale in comparison to Freeman’s immature, insolent, insubordinate antics.