Pat Yasinkas poses an interesting question over on ESPN.com, about whether or not the Bucs should just extend Josh Freeman now. Everyone knows the Buccaneers are not going to let Josh Freeman go, he’s quite possibly the first franchise QB this organization has ever had and the team has no intention of letting him get away. But, as Yasinkas says, Dominik has to be somewhat coy about the situation. But should the Bucs just say screw it and extend Freeman right now?
Yasinkas is for it, while he admits he was initially not in favor of it, he spells out a pretty good reason why it might be a move Tampa wants to make sooner rather than later. Read the story by clicking below and I’ll have my thoughts after the jump.
Now, should Tampa extend Josh Freeman right this moment? No, not yet. They have another two years on his deal after this season and though it would be nice to have that piece of mind now, there’s no need to rush him. Josh Freeman knows he is part of the Bucs’ long-term plans, the Bucs know it, the fans know it. When the time comes, a deal will be made. I don’t think that’s something any of the parties are anxious over, or that needs to be addressed now.
The key part though, is when the timing is right. Josh Freeman doesn’t need the distraction of a contract negotiation going on during an abbreviated preseason. The Bucs likely aren’t planning, financially, to do the deal this year either. And a lot of things can change once a player gets PAID. And Josh Freeman was a well-paid first round pick, but the type of money he’s looking at in this case will be of a different ilk. I’m not saying Freeman will do anything differently with a new contract, I’m just saying there a plenty of unforeseen factors that come with it.
The Bucs will extend Freeman in the next 12 months, my guess is it will be at the beginning of the next offseason, but now is not yet the time.