According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released quarterback Josh Freeman amid continued drama surrounding his status with the team and alleged leaks of personal information.
Filed to ESPN: Bucs have released QB Josh Freeman. Bucs tried to trade him but couldn’t.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2013
Freeman was benched after an 0-3 start to the season, replaced by rookie Mike Glennon. But it sounds like the problems with Freeman and his head coach started earlier than that, and it’s led to an exceedingly long spat between the two sides which was partially ended with this news.
Freeman’s camp, the NFL, and the NFLPA will continue to look into breaches of Freeman’s privacy while a member of the Buccaneers, but he’s at least going to get his chance to prove himself elsewhere, and not have to deal with the toxic situation of playing under Greg Schiano.
So don’t expect this to be the absolute end of the “Josh Freeman drama.” But it is at least the end of Freeman’s time in Tampa Bay, which is best for both parties at the moment.
The Buccaneers can now move on from a quarterback they disliked for on-field performance and nagging off-the-field annoyances like missed meetings and meals. And as for Freeman, he’ll still be paid by the Buccaneers, and can now be paid by another team should they choose to sign him at this stage of the season.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated with any further news surrounding this situation, including whatever roster move will follow to fill the empty roster spot.