Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Freeman's contract situation
By Tim Kavanagh
As 28 of the NFL's 32 teams look ahead to 2013, some of them have question marks at the most important position in pro sports: quarterback. While some teams are pretty bankrupt at the position (*cough* Cardinals, Chiefs, Jets *cough*), others have a promising young option that may wind up being a franchise-caliber QB, but about whom much is yet to be determined.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the second boat, as starter Josh Freeman has, at times, looked to be a Top 10 QB. However, he's struggled in maintaining that consistent level of quality and as he enters the final season of his rookie contract, it appears that the Bucs are going to let him prove his worth before making a long-term investment. According to Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times, Bucs GM Mark Dominik all but confirmed during radio interviews on Monday that they'll let Freeman enter the 2013 season with a contract that expires at the end of the campaign.
This doesn't mean that Freeman will bolt for another team in 2014. Remember: the Bucs will have their franchise tag available should they fail to reach a new deal with Freeman next offseason, and they'd certainly use it if this winds up being the case. Or, if Freeman regresses, they can let him hit free agency and move forward in another direction.
In other words, quite a bit of pressure on the Kansas State product this upcoming season.