Two Teams Interested in Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Josh Freeman

01_JoshFreeman092613_750x56_11602681_8colAccording to sources close to the situation with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two teams have expressed interest and have had preliminary discussions about acquiring recently benched quarterback Josh Freeman. It remains to be seen if these discussions have advanced to talk about compensation with the Buccaneers or are still in the infant stages.

The St. Louis Rams and New York Jets are the two teams we are hearing are most interested in acquiring Freeman. Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford has struggled a great deal over the past two games. Acquiring Freeman for a likely late-round pick would run contrary to general manager Les Snead indicating that he’s open to an extension for the former No. 1 overall pick. It’s also interesting considering that Freeman’s price tag for the remainder of the season is over $6 million. St. Louis wouldn’t be bringing him in solely to light a fire under Bradford and create competition.

As it relates to the Jets, this is a tad puzzling. Mark Sanchez is making eight figures to sit on the bench and hold a clipboard. While rookie quarterback Geno Smith has struggled a great deal, Rex Ryan and Co. don’t necessarily have the cap room or roster space to bring in a quarterback to compete for a starting job midseason.

It is likely, and this is pure conjecture, that these two teams are showing interest in case Freeman ends up getting released. While that would be a rather drastic move for a Buccaneers’ team reeling from a fourth consecutive defeat to start the season, the simple fact that they made Freeman inactive for Sunday’s loss against the Arizona Cardinals could be telling.

Let’s see what the next domino is to drop.

Either way, we are hearing that Freeman’s days in Tampa Bay are clearly numbered.



Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle every Friday. He’s also a former league-wide featured columnist at Bleacher Report.