Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman denied the reports that he was likely to seek a trade out of Tampa Bay.
“If it’s going on, I need a new camp,” he said, per Rick Stroud.
Freeman is apparently referring to rumors being circulated to the media by his own people.
He finished Sunday’s game 9-of-22 passes for 125 yards to go along with a touchdown and an interception. This is hardly the type of performance that Freeman could use considering that he’s in the final year of his contract and the Bucs have a replacement on hand and available in Mike Glennon.
We currently have Freeman listed as the No. 49 player in our Top 50 – 2014 Free Agents list, which could be a little generous given his play this season.
Ian Rapoport also reported today that there’s “some real tension” and a “growing disconnect” between the two.
This all stems from Schiano publicly revealing Freeman was absent for a team photo, as well as an overall lack of trust.
La Canfora goes even further and cites several executives around the league who believe Schiano’s refusal to publicly endorse Freeman is an attempt to undermine GM Mark Dominik. According to La Canfora, “many around the league” believe Schiano would like to have full control of the team’s roster moving forward.
La Canfora lists the Raiders, Titans and Vikings as teams who could have interest in Freeman.
Freeman, 25, is in the final year of his rookie contract and there’s almost no chance of him returning to Tampa Bay next season. The Buccaneers have already drafted his successor in Mike Glennon and it’s clear that the head coach is not a fan of his abilities.