A Josh Freeman Sighting!

January 21st, 2015
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman is working out with Chris Weinke at IMG Academy trying to revive his dormant career.

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman is trying to revive his dormant career.

One of the biggest mysteries in the Tampa Bay area this side of the secretive Bucs cheerleader selection process is what has happened to former franchise quarterback, leaky, sleepy Josh Freeman.

Rumors surfaced in 2014, claiming Freeman was working out with Chucky to refine his quarterback skills. Apparently, Freeman has moved on.

The shy Freeman, rarely seen in public, has been found. Josh Newberg of 247sports.com, was recently granted access behind the walls of IMG Academy in Bradenton and found Freeman working out with IMG director of football operations and former Heisman Trophy-winner and national champion Chris Weinke.

Newberg even has video evidence as he posted to his Vine account.

Make of this what you will. Is Freeman — who has not played since the 2013 season — truly trying to make a comeback, or is this just for show? Hard to imagine Freeman dropping major cash on IMG for training if he wasn’t trying to resurrect his career.

72 Responses to “A Josh Freeman Sighting!”

  1. Buctebow Says:

    Back up (somewhere) here we come!

  2. Ray Rice Says:

    That’s because he read somewhere that the YUCS were interested in a QB who wears #5. #Jameis LMFAO! Tito Jackson #5 needs to give it up.

  3. bucrightoff Says:

    After having his agent try and tar the franchise, Freeman is gonna have a really difficult time getting another gig in the league. Nobody wants such a malcontent on their team, particularly an unreliable one with a mediocre work ethic.

  4. bucs4lyfe Says:

    It’s not a mystery Freeman didn’t set the franchise back schiano did by creating the quarterback controversy after the guy had A record breaking career year, something Glennon hasn’t done or even been the chance to do and why? Because he’s not even a has been like Freeman he’s a never was and accuracy were his only issues known publicly before schiano…. Wish you all the best Freeman whether he succeeds or not he still has Tampa’s record book on lock

  5. AmbushBuc Says:

    Who the heck works out in slacks?

  6. Brian Says:

    Josh must be missing the lifestyle $$$$. Dude, you had chances with 3 teams, Tampa, Minnesota, New York. It appears you wasted your talent and opportunities. Good luck to you.

  7. Trey83 Says:

    Wow, I almost just had a heart attack. I misread the title as “A Josh Freeman Signing” LOL WHEW

  8. Buccfan37 Says:

    Freeman needs to change his name Irrelevantman.

  9. HawaiianBuc Says:

    I’m sure it is, but that doesn’t even look like Freeman. I got even more confused when I saw him actually throw it to the receiver.

  10. The Buc Realist Says:

    notice the shadows on the field. It must be late afternoon when the video was shot. meaning that Freeman just woke up!

  11. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    I’ll go over tomorrow and check it out.

  12. SteveK Says:


    No sir! Freeman created this issue all on his own. Schiano created accountability on the roster, and Freeman could not abide.

    Freeman didn’t want it bad enough, and when push cam to shove, Freeman sold out the Bucs, Schiano, and the NFLPA will not comment on Freeman releasing his own medical documentation.

    It is one thing to be a 1st round bust for our Bucs, it is another to torpedo your former franchise with all of the off the field hoopla.

  13. buzzed Says:

    atleast he kept the faux hawk

  14. ChargedCBH Says:

    I love the how everybody wants to be the comedian…. Bunch of idiots…

  15. 87ForJameisNoMariota Says:

    F U Freeman.

  16. The Buc Realist Says:

    AmbushBuc Says:
    January 21st, 2015 at 4:19 pm
    Who the heck works out in slacks?

    He must have come straight from the club!

  17. Jacko101 Says:

    Good luck Free, hopefully you come
    Back Better and Stronger.

  18. nybucsfan424 Says:

    look at the spiral !!!

  19. Erik with CleanAthletics.com Says:

    Lol. This is Winston in 5 yrs.

  20. Tom Edrington Says:

    Word on the backstreets is that Jameis has already been back and forth with Free and JF has agreed to “mentor” him on after hours life in Tampa.

  21. Ra'Shad Says:

    Say what yall want but I would have love to seen J Freeman with Jackson and Evans. I bet yall would take Freeman over McCown

  22. bucs4lyfe Says:

    Freeman would beat out anyone qb on our roster… Look wanna trade down and sign Freeman

  23. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’d give him a tryout. He showed some flash in his first full season. Load up on picks and build the lines. I still believe he has talent and potential.

  24. Walter White Says:

    Look! It’s Jameis Winston! (in a few years when he too tries a second or fifth time to “resurrect” his “career” after continued off-field issues and mediocre on-field play.)

  25. JVNootz Says:



    Whoever questioned Free’s work ethic forgot about the camp he set up for Bucs players during the lockout, the weight he lost between seasons, the former coaches raving that Free was one of the first guys in OneBuc and last ones out on a regular basis.

    He was one of the better QBs we ever had and was given a raw deal BT Schiano. Don’t even compare the Minnesota and NewYork jobs to real jobs, they weren’t.

    You guys want to dwell on the rumors of partying and drugs (with no proof) but want to draft WINSTON and sweep his gatlrbage under the rug. Hypocrites. I wish Freeman the best and I hope he can pull it together.

    I’ll take his stats, 4th qtr comebacks, and age over what he have today and since at QB. He is STILL only 26. Rumors or not, the guy showed up on Sundays.

  26. tmaxcon Says:

    good luck to him. there is a enough blame to go around with the bucs dysfunctional organization. i hope he gets his crap together gets a decent gig. Hell his still very young.

  27. Snook Says:


    Don’t bother coming back until your fat again.

    Fat Freeman was the only good Freeman.

    Time to hit Taco Bell.

  28. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Josh Freeman = Tommy Maddox

  29. bucrightoff Says:

    bucs4lyfe Says:
    January 21st, 2015 at 5:28 pm
    Freeman would beat out anyone qb on our roster… Look wanna trade down and sign Freeman

    Freeman couldn’t beat out Curtis Painter or Ryan Nassib or Christian Ponder or Joe Webb. I’d say he pretty much sucks, and Schiano was 100,000,000% right about Glennon being better.

  30. Rob Says:

    Is he wearing dress pants?

  31. Walter White Says:

    Josh Freeman = Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
    Jameis Winston = James Westfall

    … Bucs play their cards wrong, they just might get to meet the whole gang!

  32. tmaxcon Says:

    I am no freeman guy and I can’t stand the no heart glennon so I have no dog in this fight but if I were to guess Freeman will be back in the league and last longer than glennon. say what you will about freeman but he has more physical skills in his sphincter muscle alone than Glennon has period. but in reality they both suck and will never win a super bowl

  33. Walter White Says:

    I almost forgot!

    Lovie Smith = The Octagon

  34. Soggy Says:

    @bucs4lyfe, Are you the guy that always cries racist? I just read some of your race card comments on another story.. Now it schiano and glennon you are attacking to cover for freeman.. I get you now….

  35. AK Says:

    Freeman had TWO chances post Bucs and muffed em both up- maybe he’ll get a shot with Tedford in the CFL. Nothing to see here.

  36. JVNootz Says:

    Pretty sad that (if the rumors are true) Freeman was coked out and hungover from Saturday nights AND STILL put up better numbers than other QBs in our history and ESPECIALLY better than what we have today. Consider how many head coaches, offensive coordinators, and QB coaches he had. A lockout, Mike Williams as his number 1, no run game and a (poopy) defense.Add in he was only 25years old, finally got weapons and came off a good, solid season. He was put in position to fail by Schiano because he wanted HIS guy.

    When Free went to defend himself after being sabotaged he was thrown over the coals for it. How can you hate a guy that was our best shot at a franchise QB. I’d take 4000 yards, 25 TDs and 11 fourth quarter comebacks over half the QBs in the league. He was the future and Bucs fans were conned into believing he was a failure.

  37. The Buc Realist Says:

    Its amazing that in 2015 that there are still a few freemanites!

    Even thought the league now knows that he can only remember 3 plays, has ” demons “, will show up late to everything, and will lie to blame everything else but him. But still all this and a couple of people still want to see a bucs jersey on this guy!

  38. JVNootz Says:

    Two chances? He was thrown into the fire in Minnesota and even Frazier has admitted they did him wrong. Going to NY he had no shot in supplanting Manning and was let go prior to the season starting. I don’t doubt for a second Free could have done better than Manning’s GARBAGE numbers. I will admit it’s possible he is a bit of a headcase, seeing as he hasn’t landed a job somewhere. Might just be no one thinks he is worth the headlines. I’d take him here. We could trade out of the pick and do just fine with him at QB.

  39. bucrightoff Says:

    tmaxcon Says:
    January 21st, 2015 at 5:53 pm
    I am no freeman guy and I can’t stand the no heart glennon so I have no dog in this fight but if I were to guess Freeman will be back in the league and last longer than glennon. say what you will about freeman but he has more physical skills in his sphincter muscle alone than Glennon has period. but in reality they both suck and will never win a super bowl

    Glennon = good team player, guaranteed to be in the league in 5 years (and 10 most likely)
    Freeman = cancer, malcontent who instructs his agent to tar franchises who don’t give Josh his way.

    And that’s before he can’t beat out Christian Ponder, or Joe Webb, or Curtis Painter, or Ryan Nassib, or the busboy at the Mons. Freeman is a complete loser.

  40. bucrightoff Says:

    Freemanites are an extremely bizarre bunch. They all got the Freeman Thriller Pictorials framed in their houses no doubt.

  41. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    How’s that NFLPA investigation going?

  42. Rob Says:

    “How’s that NFLPA investigation going?”

    About as well as O.J.’s search for the real killer.

  43. tmaxcon Says:


    i’d hardly call freeman a good team player when he bails out of bounds instead of getting a first down or crying to his brother about his demotion. That does not show the best character either. Glennon had a fair shot and choked. he is no good.

  44. tmaxcon Says:

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Should say I’d hardly call glennon a good team player.

    we already no freeman was not a good team player.

  45. rayjay1122 Says:

    Freeman could be on the practice squad….if he shows up to practice.

  46. tmaxcon Says:

    if you want an 8-8 team with all good guys for the go with Lovie and Glennon. I want wins which means both Lovie and Glennon need to go.

  47. Jeagan1999 Says:

    I wish Freeman luck. I always hate to see people squander the talent God gave them, and Freeman certainly has all the physical tools to play QB in the NFL. If he can just get his head on straight, maybe he can resurrect, what has always been the potential to be a good football player.

  48. Buc-O's 82 Says:

    Well gentlemen, there you have it! OBVIOUS!!! There is your new babysitter for Shameis (the next tenant for the Orient St. Hotel) , I’m sure that they have a bunch in common.

  49. buccinfan Says:

    I wonder how much air is in those balls thrown. All jokes aside i wish him well if he gets back on track hell be a solid number 2

  50. Warthog Says:

    I hope Freeman can get something going. He’s done forever in Tampa but he had the tools to start at qb in the NFL and probably can again given the right situation. It’s a tragedy for the Bucs that his play regressed the way it did, early on (before he slimmed down, when he would use his legs more) he gave us some of the best qb play we’ve ever seen in Tampa. I still have some fondness for the guy for giving me a year or two of hope in what has been otherwise a bleak decade to be a Bucs fan.

  51. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    NFLPA Investigation = Bo Bergdahl Investigation

  52. Lovie equals 2015 Blackouts Says:

    To be 100 percent honest.

    At this point, now that Lovie has given up on Glennon and McCown playing the role of a clown…. and considering we have a different coach is Lovie Smith… AND considering that we are already a laughingstock… AND considering that we will inevitably draft Jameis Winston… I can honestly say that we should take a second chance on Josh Freeman and let him play veteran QB until Winston comes on board.

    I say this because it would be freakin entertaining as h3ll to watch it all unfold.

  53. Brandon Says:

    You know he’s all about business this time, he’s wearing dress pants and stylish loafers.

  54. road warrior Says:

    Reminds me of a scene out of napoleon dynamite with uncle rico.

  55. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    “After having his agent try and tar the franchise,”

    He’s probably fired his agent and has found a guy popular with the GM’s. If he can prove he can play all will be forgiven.

    Alas I agree with you. JFro was totally overrated. 4th Q comebacks one season when he actually had a defense. Imagine what Glennon would have done if he had that same defense and offensive line!

    @tmax That was ONE disgusting play with NOTHING on the line. If he did it in a meaningful game I’d tend to agree. If he did it repeatedly, I would tend to agree. It angered me as well but he did take a beating back there so we can’t really question his courage. His judgement perhaps but he probably believed keeping a QB healthy was more important than forcing that play. I accept your nausea at the decision but one bad decision does not forever taint his career.

    BTW MG8 can spin it…he’s far more accurate than JFro ever dreamt of being. I concede that doesn’t make MG8 super accurate since JFro’s accuracy was a joke since his college days.

    JFro did bring a huge body and when they won ten games he used it like Cam Newton. IF Schiano did anything to hurt JFro it was when he made him stop running so much. That was half of JFro’s game since he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn from ten paces!

  56. JoshFreeman Says:

    Chucky kicked me to the curb because I wouldn’t get up at 3am

  57. Waterboy Says:

    I’d be real interested to see what Freeman can do if given a legit opportunity with another team. The Minnesota game was horrible but in his defense he was tossed into the lineup for a Monday night game after only being with the team for 2 weeks. I’d easily start Freeman over both Glennon or McCown and several other QB’s that are currently starting for other teams (Washington, Chicago, Houston, KC, Cleveland and Buffalo).

  58. Dewey Selomon Says:

    Those 4-5 weeks after our bye during Schiano’s first year really had be fooled. I thought we had turned the corner on offense.

  59. bucstop.com Says:

    I wish Josh Freeman all the Best! I was bitter at first, but Ive gotten over it. After watching 2010 Bucs games, its hard not to pull for the guy.

    Do you guys realize what that team could have been had the Glazers thrown some free agents into that pool? Just 3 or 4 well placed VETERANS could have held that locker room together, along with Ronde Barber.

    NO ONE knows what really happened with Josh, I speculate Schiano made it so miserable for him, the guy realized football wasn’t that important to him. Now away, its eating at him. You do something your whole life, its hard to give it up.

    I think he is branded a quitter more than anything, but this is America, we live to give people 2nd chances, and I think he deserves one.


  60. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Freeman was benched after a decent 2012 (offense finished tenth or whatever),only three games into 2013 against decent teams, two of which we should of won. i blame Schiano even though Freeman wasn’t without any flaws.

  61. Curse of Gruden Says:

    I thought he was in town – there was a “Reserved For Free” sign at one of the tables at the Mons last night.

  62. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    Dewey Selomon Says:

    “Those 4-5 weeks after our bye during Schiano’s first year really had be fooled. I thought we had turned the corner on offense.”

    For sure: the Bucs were 6-4 after that nice winning streak and it looked like the team was rebounding back to the glory days. Little did we know that Schiano would go 5-17 after ripping off that 4 game winning streak. In that winning streak Doug Martin had the 2 epic games vs Oakland and the Vikes that made everyone think he was a superstar; unfortunately he probably accounted for almost half his career stats in those 2 games and has vanished off the radar since; much like Schiano….

  63. foghead407 Says:

    Hes still.better than any qb on our roster

  64. Tamparob Says:

    Look. It’s obvious the guy had a problem. If he has truly committed himself and grown up/controlled his demons then he deserves a shot. Would Chris Carter even get a shot today with all the blogs and 24 hour coverage? Would Kerry Collins? How about Brett Favre? All had issues that they got under control. We can be angry at him but let’s leave the personal attacks out if this. No place for that. I’m not perfect and know plenty of people with past issues- immaturity, substance abuse, etc. he did douchy stuff. Give him a chance.

  65. Tamparob Says:

    *out OF this.

  66. mike Says:

    i’d rather sign him than draft winston .

  67. mike Says:

    when we got to opening day in NY and the 1st play of the game was… a delay of game on #5, I thought WTF, something is a miss

  68. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    You guys are cracking me up with this crazy talk of Freeman being better than the QB’s on the Buc’s roster. Glennon and McCown are currently on NFL 53 man rosters, Freeman can’t even secure a roster spot on a NFL team. Give it up guys, he’s an inaccurate QB wirh some serious “issues”. Personally I am thankfully Schiano saved the Bucs from locking this guy up to a long term deal (you think we’re f@cked now…imagine the team being on the hook for a $50M deal and him losing it). He cost a lot of people their jobs (ironically in the end his own as well), and he let the fans and his teammates down with his actions in 2013. Anyone watching the first 3 games of 2013 could see Josh was not right…delay of game penalties, a dazed and totally confused look on his face, and a horrible QBR. Hopefully the guy can get himself right, but please end the nonsense about him currently being better than Glennon or even McCown.

  69. IStillbleedOrange Says:

    I’m sorry StPeteBucsFan, but I have to strongly disagree with you about Glennon. Yes, that one particular play was disgusting, but it wasn’t the only time he’s done things like that. More times than not, he’s run himself out of bounds…BEHIND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE! This is a repeat occurrence over the span of two NFL seasons.

    And since it was still early in the season, that was in fact, a meaningful game. And if you truly believe that he was thinking self preservation was in his best interest as opposed to trying to win a game, then he needs to keep himself off the field of play, permanently. I have seen many QBs on this team come and go, and let me tell you, I’d rather have Parnell Dickinson back as the Bucs QB…that guy was awful but he had heart! (He was Steve Spurrier’s Backup in ’76)

  70. Vico Says:

    Winston in 9 months.

  71. Washington Irving Says:

    Good Luck Josh

  72. BuccsFan76 Says:

    Good luck Free!