According to the Florida Times-Union, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not extend quarterback Josh Freeman’s contract this offseason. If he plays well in 2013, the Bucs will than place the franchise tag on him.
If he plays great, the team will use its franchise tag on Freeman and try to sign him to a long-term deal. The exclusive-rights franchise tender for a quarterback would likely be more than $17 million for one year.
In many ways, it’s the Bucs’ only play. They don’t want a situation like the Jets have with QB Mark Sanchez; they’d like to cut ties but have guaranteed him $8.25 million next season.
People have to remember that Freeman wasn’t drafted by head coach Greg Schiano, so he doesn’t have any allegiance to him. He could easily decide that he doesn’t want to move forward with him.