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michael89156:


Bucs Q&A: What about Freeman's future?



 By TBO.com
 Published: December 27, 2012


 
Q: Are they going to get rid of Freeman?

- James Coggins, Port Richey
 


A: The Bucs won't be getting rid of Josh Freeman any time soon. They still believe in him, largely because he has played exceptionally well at times. He's still growing but he is fast reaching a point in his career where he has to be more consistent. Though the Bucs remain optimistic about Freeman's future they aren't so sure of it that they will re-sign him to a new contract this coming offseason. They will wait until sometime next year to decide the next step, which may be a new deal at that point or it may include slapping the franchise tag on him for 2014. That would give the Bucs two more years to evaluate Freeman, which would leave them with a better understanding of the player he will ultimately be.



- Roy Cummings

dalbuc:
I don't think there's a ton of proof that QB's develop a lot between years 4 and year 6. Not sure what we think we'll learn.

DejaVu:
Two more years isn't enough.    He will still only be 26 by that time.    It takes a man until around 29 or 30 before he really comes into his own.   The Bucs need to lock him up until at least his 30th birthday.   By then, they will know if he will be any good.   

The problem is they drafted him too young.   

Ms Elam:

--- Quote from: bassfisher on December 28, 2012, 09:58:23 AM ---Two more years isn't enough.    He will still only be 26 by that time.    It takes a man until around 29 or 30 before he really comes into his own.   The Bucs need to lock him up until at least his 30th birthday.   By then, they will know if he will be any good.   

The problem is they drafted him too young.

--- End quote ---
Great point I couldn't agree more.

lyronmewis:
I think that 2013 is a make or break year regardless of what happens. All that he has to do is show good play and consistency. Don't go more than one game in a row by being bad. Have at least 8 great games and a handful of other good ones.

If he doesn't do that, then just let him go, there's no in between. He's had enough time. Don't franchise him, that would just mean that he's had a mediocre season and they're not fully committed.

Even if he has a game manager type season with us winning a lot of games, I would resign him, as long as we're winning because of a clutch play here and there, and not winning in spite of him because he threw a bunch of interceptions or had a few drives where he can't hit anywhere near a receiver.

DejaVu:
I think if you draft a quarterback in the first round, you need to give him 10 years to develop.   Otherwise you are wasting a first round pick.

Benchwarmer#1:
If it were my choice, I'd let the guy stay out the remainder of the contract.

We went all-in with the guy by labeling him a franchise. If he's not a keeper, and we lose out on a pick or two, big deal. Point is, we have more to lose by letting him go if we don't have a realistic replacement plan. Which, IMO, will only be AFTER next season.

Two more seasons would be too much. Next season he has to show us all he can play consistantly, or be gone.

Still though, I think josh is a good QB. An I loves me the idea of having a QB on my team that can indeed drop some points on a defense at any given game. However, he has to get it to come together. If he can be that great QB we've seen flashes of, all the time, we're nearly unstoppable. That really does need to be looked into first, before diving head-first off a cliff. But two more seasons? No, I think we get enough info after next season.

Feel Real Good:
If he's not good enough to re-sign to a real contract after 2013, there's no use franchising him. Get rid of him. This is it.

TBTrojan:

--- Quote from: Feel Real Good on December 29, 2012, 02:00:03 PM ---If he's not good enough to re-sign to a real contract after 2013, there's no use franchising him. Get rid of him. This is it.

--- End quote ---
The problem is that getting rid of him is the easiest thing in the world but it's just one part of the issue,  you still have to put somebody else in at QB and there is nothing out there that is any better right now.
We might be as well letting him play out the last year of his deal and then franchising him while we keep looking.

1sparkybuc:
Year #1, no reps as the starter, least experienced team in the league, OC fired, poor coaching, poor scheme.

Year #2, still youngest team in the league, OL injuries, poor coaching, poor scheme, horrendous officiating in Detroit game.

Year #3, no offseason program, more key injuries, more poor coaching, poor scheme, no leadership on or off the field.

Year #4, First year needs addressed in free agency, 6 wins 7 close losses despite injuries and suspensions, better coaching, better scheme, need more talent on defense and OL/TE.

Year #5, Should see single season records shattered with talent upgrades and second season of decent coaching, leadership, and schemes.

The babies will cry when the Bucs get eliminated from the playoffs in the NFCC game. Be patient. Another Lombardi is not that far off.

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