What a difference one month makes. At the beginning of September, Josh Freeman was entrenched as the Buccaneers' starting quarterback, and now after losing his job to a rookie backup and a very controversial timeline of events over the past week and a half, he is without a job. First reported by Adam Schefter:
Filed to ESPN: Bucs have released QB Josh Freeman. Bucs tried to trade him but couldn't.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2013
This has become a very confusing and dramatic storyline out of Tampa. It all started just before the start of the season when it was revealed that Freeman, who had been a captain for the Buccaneers for years, was no longer voted as one for this season. Reports of him missing team pictures surfaced, and more slandering brought down the image of Josh Freeman.
He was given just three games this season, and played terribly. With a QB rating just below 60, and more interceptions than touchdowns, the former first round pick was inactive last Sunday and told not to stand on the sidelines with his team.
There had been reports Freeman failed drug tests -- anonymous reports that leaked out to the media -- as things quickly became irreparable. It should be noted that Freeman has never been suspended nor has anything substantial come out claiming he had failed a test. Freeman openly admitted he suffers from ADHD and voluntarily entered the NFL's substance abuse program over a year ago. Freeman stated that he has been permitted to take medication for his ADHD.
This definitely became a situation of he said, he said bitter fighting. If you're like me, you're disgusted with the way Freeman was handled by his former team. Coach Greg Schiano is a joke in the NFL, and will probably be in the same boat as his former QB within the next couple months looking for a job. The Buccaneers have gone from a potential sexy playoff pick, to viable candidates for the number one pick in the next draft.
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