Freeman No. 1 Free Agent In 2014?

July 26th, 2013

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Yes, there is a lot of pressure on Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman this season. First, there are the big expectations. Then there is his contract expiring at the end of the season. And not so trivial, it’s the pressure from fans, many disgusted by his yo-yo play, who are demanding perfection.

This is not lost on prickly Pete Prisco of He believes Bucs fans have been unfair to Freeman and seem to want to run him out of town. In fact, Prisco goes so far as to declare that if Freeman hits the free agent market, no player will be as sought after as much as Freeman would be.

@PriscoCBS: Spent time with Josh Freeman today. Why isn’t he more appreciated in Tampa? If he hits the market in 2014, he is No. 1 FA.

Now Joe’s not going that far as to suggest Freeman would be the most sought-after free agent, provided the Bucs don’t re-sign him or franchise him. He’s not Reggie White. Joe can think of at least eight NFC teams who have no need for Freeman as they have their own franchise quarterback.

Unless Freeman completely melts down, Joe cannot see Bucs rock star genearl manager Mark Dominik letting Freeman get away.

40 Responses to “Freeman No. 1 Free Agent In 2014?”

  1. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Unlesd this guy has a MAJOR meltdown he will be a big time commodity this offseason. Still plenty of teams with QB situation in the air. Shoulda signed Soul Glo 6 pack this offseason to save some beans

  2. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    Freeman will have the right to decline and there is no doubt that teams that do not have a franchise QB will be in the market to get Freeman. For all his faults he’s still better than half of what the league has now. Oh yeah, #1 FA

  3. lightningbuc Says:

    Prisco obviously doesn’t read the Freeman love affair posts here on JoeBucsFan.

  4. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Prisco is a prick. Just someone with an opinion just like all of us

  5. mikeck Says:

    question isnt so much, “is Freeman good”? It is “Is there anyone better who is available?” If You dont sign him and draft someone…are you spending the next 3-4 years with a guy who cant get you anywhere instead of one of might? what other QB will be available aft r next year that is better? We have too much talent now to just say “Hold on guys…give us 3 more years while we develope a new QB. Ide rather stick with Josh. remmeber, for Eli’s first 4 years, everyone was ready to declare that he completely sucked…Smae with Breese out in San Diego. Some guys just take a bit longer

  6. stevek Says:

    21st ranked QB

    “He’s teetering”- Ronde Barber

    “Josh can drift a little bit.”- Earnest Graham

    “He is an enigma at the QB position.”- Ron Jaworski

    Bottom line, 56 NFL starts, going into your 4th year as starter leads to expectations.

    Was the best of Freeman already seen (2010)?

    Prisco is way off here, the Bucs needs to stop this “rebuild” and win some games.

    As Preston Parker would say, we need to become a “real NFL team” (contender and not a doormate in the NFC South).

    Can Freeman do it? Hope so, but the question remains.

  7. robert Says:

    “Freeman No. 1 Free Agent In 2014?”


    I needed a good laugh this morning.

  8. Dylan Says:

    @joe, I agree. Unless freeman has a season literally like walterfootball predicted, i cannot see freeman playing for another team. Yes he is inconsistent every bucs fan knows that. but he flashes unbelievable plays and last year I was thinking freeman for president when the bucs were on there 6 game winning streak. he had a couple bad games, with an offseason to fix those couple bad games, i think freeman will be fine this coming year. And expect big things. having that defense to help him out also can be huge if it pans out.

  9. Couch Fan Says:

    Buc Fans have been deprived going on 5 years now. We havent seen the playoffs in 10 years. Josh Freeman has been great at times, and other times he looks completely lost. He’s had 1 winning season and as a fan, that is not good enough no matter how you look at it. To say we are being unfair to a QB that needs to win games NOW with all the talent around him is silly. It’s now or never for Josh.

    The NFCS is up for grabs and I think we got the most complete team in the division. If the “good” Josh shows up I dont see any reason why it wont be ours! GO BUCS!

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    Freeman will be the Bucs starting QB in 2014. That’s all I’m saying on this matter. If not he will be claimed on the hour of free agency.

  11. Couch Fan Says:

    Correction, we havent seen the playoffs in a long time lol, not sure if its been 10 years or not, pretty close though I would imagine.

  12. Sneedy16 Says:


    playoffs in 2007 I think and won the division.

  13. Sneedy16 Says:

    We are making the playoffs.

  14. Buc1987 Says:
    Freeman 2012-2013

  15. Couch Fan Says:

    I knew it was something like that

  16. the_buc_realist Says:

    Well if Matt Ryan is worth 20 plus million a year. then Freeman has to be worth 8-9 million a year…….just saying

  17. Jrock Says:

    Teams who in signing Freeman, would have a better QB than they do right now:

    • Jets (Geno Smith/Sanchez)
    • Raiders (Matt Flynn)
    • Jaguars (Gabbert)
    • Bills (EJ Manual)
    • Titans (Jake Locker)
    • Cardinals (Palmer)
    • Dolphins (Tannehill – maybe)

    7 teams who would definitely be kicking the tires on Freeman

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There is a reason why we drafted Glennon & it wasn’t to create competition. He is a contengency plan in case Freeman falls apart in 2013….(which is unlikely).
    I believe we will give Freeman an extention midway through the season if he performs well, or very good.
    If he performs poorly & our record is not good….I think we will start Glennon & say goodbye to Freeman.
    My guess is that Freeman has a good year.

    Shaun King thinks we should have already signed Freeman….I couldn’t disagree more. He is still questionable & you don’t take that kind of chance with that much money.

    “Shaun King, one of two Buc Quarterbacks that lost a NFC Championship Game when his defense gave up 11 or fewer points.”

  19. Macabee Says:

    My opinion – If Freeman makes it to 2014 FA, Mike Tomlin will throw Stafford money at Freeman to sit behind once great, but oft injured Rothlisberger the very minute FA opens!

  20. Tim Says:

    Just my thoughts on the subject, Dom is too smart to just let a good player walk. I suspect he quietly has already talked with Josh and his agent. The likely have some kind of outline for a proposed extension and are taking a wait to see approach. So say Josh starts out the season great, they may try to implement the contract extension during the season. If Josh is shaky or starts off slow, they will likely let him play out the year and make some sort of offer after the season. If Josh declines I would expect the Bucs to Franchise him and that will leave us options of keeping and working out a contract over another year, or trading him.

    I think Josh is set to have a break out season and get paid, just my honest opinion.

  21. bucrightoff Says:

    Better to give up too soon than too late. If he can’t prove it with a playoff calibre team around him you let him walk.

  22. blind melon Says:

    He will be signed during the bye week as a Buc unless injured. Bank.

  23. robert Says:

    • Jets (Geno Smith/Sanchez)
    • Raiders (Matt Flynn)
    • Jaguars (Gabbert)
    • Bills (EJ Manual)
    • Titans (Jake Locker)
    • Cardinals (Palmer)
    • Dolphins (Tannehill – maybe)

    Jets have Smith (and they don’t need another sanchez lol) and Tannehill is better than jfro.

    jags and raiders are the only ones he would be an upgrade for from that list.

    macabee hit the nail on the head with Pittsburgh/raplesburger.

  24. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Josh Freeman is going to enter “elite” conversations this year. He’s going nowhere. Someone mentioned he could refuse to resign, even if he does very well.

    Why would he? The Bucs are structured to win now (and for years to come). Add two more pieces next year and the Bucs will be the most dominant team in the NFL.

    I know haters hate. But they’ll mostly change their tunes when we reach the NFC Championship game this year. And win it.

  25. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Macabee Says:
    “My opinion – If Freeman makes it to 2014 FA, Mike Tomlin will throw Stafford money at Freeman to sit behind once great, but oft injured Rothlisberger the very minute FA opens!”

    Won’t happen because of the franchise tag. Bucs will do their best to get a deal done, and if they don’t do it before Free Agency, they’ll put the franchise tag on him and keep negotiating…like with most good QBs.

  26. 76buc76 Says:

    Unless Freeman can beat elite team’s outside the division. Who would want him. It comes down to $. Once the Eagles get rid of Vick at the end of the year. They will have 2 QB for real cheap. Foles at 1M per is probably just as good as Freeman at 15M per next year. At least he can set his feet. A 55% passer who allway’s amoung the league leader’s in turnover’s. #1 free agent ahahhhhhh. Love the fact the Buc’s won’t extend him. Plus in case you haven’t noticed we have no money for Freeman next year. We would have to release 2 of these guy’s Nick’s,Joseph,Penn,V-jax. There is a 20% chance that Freeman play’s great 30Td’s,10Int’s. 30% chance he play’s good 25 TD,17Int’s. 30% chance he play’s bad 20Td,20int number’s lower because he’ll get benched and a 20% chance he losses the first 3 games of the season and never takes another snap as a Buc.

  27. chef paul Says:

    HATE!!!! its funny these haters look at Freeman’s record as a reason to hate him, then in other posts say who cares about wins and loses. just more excuses from coming from hate camp living on dungeons.

  28. blind melon Says:

    Err…. what?

    I’ll play for a post… 90% chance Free is signed by mid season. 10% chance all that other crap happens.

    Stay tuned. I’ll have the lottery numbers in a few.

    /Miss Cleo mode

  29. bucrightoff Says:

    Bill Barnwell writes a very, very fair assesment of Josh Freeman.

  30. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    76buc76 Says:
    “Plus in case you haven’t noticed we have no money for Freeman next year…”

    We have money. And more will be freed up for next year. You forget, the Bucs added hard to attain incentives to some contracts this year. That money will become available next year.

    Dominick said it himself…they plan 5 years ahead.

  31. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Although…my money is on Penn being the first to go. Simply because of his age.

  32. 76buc76 Says:

    Ya but V-jax and Nick’s are only getting 1M each this year. Next year there both over 10M per. If Free get’s signed there will be no addition’s just subtraction’s.

  33. Stanglassman Says:

    That is the side that all the Freeman doubters don’t take into consideration. One is that this team has not been ready to make to playoffs (although Free almost put them on his back in 2010 and took them there himself)and 2nd that Freeman will hold all the cards soon and doesn’t have to sign back with the Bucs and that will close the window for this team for another 5-7 years.

  34. robert Says:

    I can’t believe those that are so clueless to think jfro holds all the cards.

    he could be brett favre or tom brady…..they still don’t hold the cards. the man with the checkbook holds the cards.

  35. robert Says:

    new chant


  36. Tye Says:

    If “Sporadic” Freeman doesn’t improve this season then he has held the Bucs back long enough and they have NO need of him…. If any other team wants and dares to spend a great deal of time trying to fix him then he can become their project (Good luck with that)…
    With the way this Bucs team is built, if Sporadic can’t string together wins this season then he is who many of us believe him to be!

  37. PRBucFan Says:

    So is every other quarterback that hit their contract year that put up decent stats and hit the open market.

    Doesn’t mean anything.

    Leagues full of “1 one FA’s” year in and year out that do nothing.

    If he is looking for a new job come 2014 it means he failed here and after that I don’t give a damn what he does or doesn’t do on any other team anywhere else. None of my concern.

  38. WestCoastBucsFan Says:


    I’m sure robert and the other haters would just call that 12 minutes of flukes or WRs bailing out their QB. That or just fail to acknowledge it altogether. (Which it seems has happened here.)

    27 TDs. You need to score points to win and only six quarterbacks scored more TDs than Freeman in 2012.

  39. PRBucFan Says:

    Was it 39 picks? The most out of any QB in the last 2 years?

    I didn’t even know that haha

  40. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Nothing like people living in the past. 2011 doesn’t prove Freeman is a failure anymore than 2010 proves he is elite. 2012 was a decent season for a first year staff. The team (including Freeman) will be better in 2013.