Jul 26, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) calls a play as center Jeremy Zuttah (76) gets ready to hike the ball as head coach Greg Schiano watches during training camp at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Josh Freeman "Likely" to Seek Trade from Tampa Bay Buccaneers

CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora unveiled a report that may show further evidence of a serious rift in the Tampa Bay locker room. If his report is true, Josh Freeman will seek a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the 2013 trade deadline.

Here is an exact quote from his article, posted on Sunday morning.

With the relationship between Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Josh Freeman and coach Greg Schiano seen by league and team sources as beyond repair, Freeman is likely to ask for a deal ahead of next month’s trade deadline. Schiano, whose tenure already stands at a perilous point despite coaching just 17 NFL games, further alienated the quarterback by revealing why he was absent for a team photo, and the lack of trust between the men has long been no secret in that locker room.

This is truly huge news, as starting quarterbacks are never traded during the course of a season. The Buccaneers would be giving up on a player who is clearly the most talented at his position on the roster in an effort to move on from a quarterback that coach reportedly doesn’t want.

This is also huge news because it further adds legitimacy to reports of serious issues in the Tampa Bay locker room. “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” is the cliché phrase to use in this instance, as its clear there’s someone in the Buccaneer organization leaking this information to the media.

The situation is quite interesting, because if the Buccaneers feel they can’t win this season with Josh Freeman, and have no intentions of bringing him back on another contract, this deal would make perfect sense. The team would be able to see what they have in Mike Glennon, and likely end up with a high draft pick to possibly add Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, or another top player in the NFL Draft.

The problem is, there is far too much talent on this team to abandon the best option at quarterback in the first half of the season. Josh Freeman continues to represent the best chance to win for the Buccaneers, and Mike Glennon is not ready to lead the Bucs to a winning record.

I am torn on this topic, but I believe that if the team has no intentions on bringing Freeman back, they might as well just let him go and get whatever value they can. If the Jaguars, Vikings, or Raiders offer the Buccaneers a first or second round pick for Freeman, he should probably be traded.

The problem is, that means the team will likely fail to reach five or six wins.

Does getting rid of Josh Freeman buy Greg Schiano more time as head coach? More importantly, does it buy Mark Dominik more time as general manager?

If Dominik is let go because the Buccaneers conceded Freeman’s failure, that likely means a new coach will be brought in by a new GM. The Buccaneers would then start over, and getting rid of Freeman doesn’t help Schiano at all.

So unless Greg Schiano knows he’ll get another chance if he doesn’t succeed this season, it doesn’t make sense for him to spearhead a trade of Josh Freeman.

We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on this rumor as more is reported.

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  • Spike Bittman

    Oh boy, 5 more years of losing……

  • Aussie Buc

    Let me start by saying that I never contemplated being on the “trade Josh Freeman”bandwagon” before, however his play this year is changing my mind. This is Year 5. The throwing into double coverage off the back foot errors cannot continue to occur. Holding onto the ball too long and missing easy throws are becoming too commonplace.

    While I am still reluctant to pull the trigger, if the right option is available to help this team into the future you would have to give it due consideration. IF there is the need to draft a QB with the 2014 First Round Pick then so be it – Bridgewater, Boyd, Mariota, Hundley, Morris and McCarron are all intriguing prospects with franchise signal caller upside.

    The team that may be most interested is the Minnesota Vikings. They are in win-now mode and Christian Ponder has not been giving them enough production despite an array of weapons (Jennings, Patterson, Rudolph and some bloke called Peterson) stout D, great ST play and a quality OL. Further, with the Frazier regimes 16-25 record, I don’t think there is enough rope to last through the growing pains of another rookie QB after they selected Ponder in his first draft (2011) with the 12th overall pick and AP turning 29.

    Schiano, conversely can ride this year with Glennon. The 3rd Round investment is not enough to prohibit taking a QB in 2014. With the additional cap space, perhaps you can have Coach reunite with Kenny Britt creating a stud trio of WR’s OR invest in a TE who is a receiving threat?

    I believe that this Patriots game will determine Freemans future at One Buc Place. I don’t have any inside info, but logically the Week 4 game is against the Cards in Tampa, then BYE then Eagles in Tampa – Could there be a better three week stretch to make this switch? Finally, with decent QB play this team is 2-0 and rolling, not 0-2 and in reflection.