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Bucs to forgo Josh Freemanís 2013 extension

1/8/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not discuss a contract extension for Josh Freeman in the 2013 offseason, according to sources. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely let Josh Freeman play out his rookie contract which expires after the 2013 season as the team tries to determine if he is the quarterback of the future.
 
Although Josh Freeman has shown some flashes of brilliance, his performance can only be graded as widely inconsistent throughout this season. After taking the Tampa bay Buccaneers to a 6-4 start, Josh Freeman seemed to have the team within playoff contention but faltered down the stretch, including two performances in which he was picked four-times each to conclude on a 1-5 record in that period.
 
Even though Josh Freeman had a franchise passing yards record to his name after gaining 4,065 yards and scoring 27 touchdowns, its significance was brought down the 17 interceptions he threw this season. In terms of the last numbers, Josh Freeman ranks the third worst in the NFL, with the likes of Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.
 
"It was an up-and-down year," said Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano about Josh Freeman’s performance, while leading the team to a 7-9 record this season. "But 4,000 yards, records all over the place, there are a lot of positives there.”
 
“Certainly when the expectation level is what we make it, and you don't reach it, there is also disappointment."
 
The way it can be seen, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have only a few obvious routes to this. Either they let Josh Freeman walk out on an expiring contract, or they wait the season and determine by his performance is worthy of an extension. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could bring out the franchise tag as they try to negotiate a multi-year contract extension that will not only keep Josh Freeman off the free agent market but also motivate him to sign out a deal.
 
But as it is, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have given Josh Freeman enough chances without making a single playoffs run in his four seasons. Greg Schaino, who inherited the quarterback could be looking to head into a new direction. Greg Schiano will be into his second-year while Josh Freeman in his fifth, which means either if Freeman’s game improves and leads to a playoffs or he is shown the door, no blame can prematurely fall on Greg Schiano.
 
So maybe this is Josh Freeman’s last chance. But don’t expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to dig their own grave by signing a crippling contract extension to a quarterback who has yet to prove his worth.
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