Josh Freeman has been in plenty of headlines this offseason. The Buccaneers’ signal caller was the subject of scrutiny after his disappointing closing stretch of the season, and even was the target of comments from his head coach, saying he would be put under pressure heading into 2013. Experts and fans have clashed as to what the future holds for the young quarterback, and his contract situation only compounds the headache that surrounds the entire process. Freeman will be out of contract following the 2013 season, and his inconsistent performance in the previous two seasons has made it difficult for the Buccaneers and Freeman’s representation to come to any sort of extension agreement.
Freeman has recently changed agents, and his new agent got the chance to meet with Buccaneers’ staff at the NFL Combine, and described the meeting as very positive. The Tampa Tribune reports that Freeman’s new agent said of the meeting, “They said they definitely believe in Josh, that he is their guy, that they want to reach their goals with him and that they know he is capable of doing the job and are committed to him.”
It is unclear if this commitment comes with contract negotiations. Erik Burkhardt, Freeman’s agent, would only say that this is a big year for Freeman’s future, a future he apparently wants to spend in Tampa Bay. So don’t rule out the possibility of the Buccaneers’ and Freeman coming to a deal this offseason, as the two sides are still talking.
This is a situation where money will be the deciding factor. I am sure the Buccaneers would prefer stability at the quarterback position moving forward. But with the massive contract Joe Flacco signed this week, the Bucs surely know the cash they might have to spend if Freeman has a breakout year in 2013. So if there’s a price point that the Bucs find fair considering the uncertainty surrounding Freeman, it’s reasonable to think a deal can be struck before the new season kicks off. The main sticking point in negotiations will be guaranteed money, which would hinder the Buccaneers from moving Freeman should be continue to disappoint and show inconsistencies.
If there’s any further news about Freeman’s contract situation, we’ll be sure to bring you the latest. For now, let us know what you think a fair price for Josh Freeman is, and if you think the Bucs should just wait it out over this offseason and let him play for a deal in 2013.