Buccaneers still looking for ways to rid Freeman
The starting quarterback was removed from his starting position six days ago due to undisclosed issues with the franchise. Then on Sunday, Freeman’s name was struck off from the active game-day roster. The franchise has already lost over $490,000 on him while being struck off and are now looking for ways to keep the remaining balance of $6.44 million in their pockets. Their current solution: trading him off. Downside: they’ve shown they are desperate.
They have contacted nearly every team they could think of and that has removed their bargaining position. Even if someone does come knocking on the door for a trade, they won’t be in having the upper hand now.
Now if the trade does not work, they will have a few select options to choose from. They could simply forego their aim of keeping the balance, strike Freeman off the squad and pay him what they owe. That way both sides go their ways happy. They could also cross their fingers and hope that during the course of next four weeks, Freeman gets injured.
They could also put together a disciplinary case for improper conduct, hope it works and cut him from the team without paying him. But for that, they will have to give a written notification warning to Freeman first which will warn him that he will suffer the terms if he continues the behavior, which he so far has not received.
Considering the possible moves they can play, it is obvious that the first option may be the best they have. By paying him his dues and getting him off the team that way, they will bring closure to the matter and concentrate on the season ahead. Even so, by delaying it for so long it can only be presumed the Buccaneers are intent on keeping the remaining balance from Freeman.
For now, they may be desperately trying to put together a rag tag case for disciplinary misconduct as he was told by the Buccaneers on Monday not to attend a team meeting.
It may seem that the tea is doing what it can to push Freeman until he snaps and makes a bad move so they can get along with the plan. But for now, it all seems to be ruining the team image and making matters worse for them.