The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and embattled quarterback Josh Freeman are having a very public dispute at the moment. So much so that Freeman has publicly asked to be dealt after a Week Four benching in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. Though he hasn't played well recently, Freeman has had his moments in the sun.
In 2010, Freeman had 25 touchdowns against just six interceptions with a 95.9 rating. In 2012, Freeman threw 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, as well as 4,065 yards and a respectable 81.6 rating. The problem? Both years that followed those campaigns were disastrous and murmurs began to surface about Freeman's poor work ethic and/or complacency. Still, Freeman has great size at 6'6" and 240 pounds to go with a big arm and some mobility.
Many fans aren't pleased with Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's performance through the first quarter of the NFL season, either. He has turned the ball over seven times in four games (four interceptions, three fumbles) and has only 1,003 yards passing. Still, he has had moments of brilliance, leading the Bengals to two big wins against the Steelers and Packers, respectively.
Behind him sits Josh Johnson, an athletic guy who is quite familiar with Jay Gruden's system, but has failed to show that he is a consistent and competent NFL starter. If Dalton were to go down, many think that this team would perform far worse under Johnson and that could be true. Earlier on Tuesday, former Tampa Bay quarterback Shaun King said that he thinks that the Bengals could be in play for Freeman. We have also all heard many analysts say that the Bengals are a quarterback away from a Super Bowl. Is it Dalton or Freeman that is the signal-caller they supposedly need?
So, with all of this in mind, should the Bengals make a trade for Freeman? If so, should they have him compete with Dalton or replace Johnson? Bringing in another quarterback could hurt Dalton's confidence, or it could light a fire under him to play higher quality football--we don't know. One also has to remember that Freeman is an impending free agent, so the team wouldn't have him under contract for one full year.
We'll ask you: what do you think?