Things have gotten so bad in Tampa Bay, that the NFL Rumor Mills are running rampant regarding the future of Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We all know that Freeman is not going to be the answer for the Bucs after his contract expires at the end of the 2013 NFL season. Greg Schiano has made that abundantly clear. Of course, with fewer and fewer players seemingly standing firmly in Schiano’s corner, he may not be the future in the Bay area either. Still, he is calling the shots as of now, leading many to speculate whether or not the Buccaneers would consider trading Freeman before the 2013 NFL Trade Deadline.
We all know that there is no love lost between Freeman and Schiano. Between the changing of the captaincy, rumors involving a missed photo shoot and an overall lack of trust, it would come as no surprise if the Bucs considered dealing Freeman. As Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports, it may be unlikely to see NFL teams trade a starting quarterback during the middle of the season, but it is not without precedent.
Mike Glennon was drafted by Schiano to be the quarterback of the future for the Bucs. Whether or not Schiano will be around to see it remains to be seen. Either way, it seems like it is only a matter of time before Freeman is sent packing out of Tampa. Whether it is within the next few weeks or after the end of this season, Freeman can begin his countdown until he is wearing a different uniform. As for which teams may inquire as to his availability, I would look for the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers to place a well-deserved phone call to the Bucs.