Unable to find a trading partner, the Buccaneers decided to eat the remaining 6.2 million dollar contract owed to Freeman on 10/03/13. Releasing Josh Freeman to the free agency market, he'll shop his current 45.7 completion percentage and a 59.3 QB rating to any team willing to take his agent's phone calls. His career is one of ups and downs with 2013 being a personal low point for the embattled QB.
Could Jacksonville, Oakland, Tennessee, or even Cleveland make a run at signing the 25 year old 5 year veteran QB? He's turnover prone and yet, has posted a couple of solid seasons in the NFL. Putting together a 4000+ yard season in 2012, while in 2010 he tossed 25 TDs with only 6 interceptions. Once considered the franchise face of the new Bucs, he leaves an organization which should begin rebuilding again in 2014, tearing things down in the upcoming off-season, and landing Greg Schiano in the ranks of former NFL head coaches.
Here's hoping Andy Dalton has a great game versus the Patriots this Sunday or the small crowd of Bengals fans wondering how Josh Freeman would look in an Orange and Black helmet will grow to a more vocal crowd after the game.