The free fall of the once promising career of Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman NFL took another hit on Friday when the Miami Dolphins released the former Kansas State standout.
Tampa Bay made Freeman the No. 17 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and in just his second year in the league, Freeman led the Bucs to a 10-6 record as the team narrowly missed the playoffs that year, losing the playoff tiebreaker to the Packers. Green Bay went on to win the Super Bowl that season.
Freeman had a mediocre 2011 but in 2012, the first year of Greg Schiano’s tenure, Tampa Bay was 6-4 after 10 games and was once again in the playoff hunt. But the team, and Freeman, struggled down the stretch, and finished the season 7-9.
Fans and the organization had high hopes coming into the the 2013 season. But from the opening day loss to the New York Jets it was clear Freeman was not the quarterback of 2012 and he was benched after an 0-3 start. Freeman was released by the Buccaneers after the bizarre start to the season that including him missing the team photo and reports of other issues, including a revelation that Freeman was in the NFL’s drug testing program. Freeman’s camp insinuated that they felt the release of the private information came from the team. The Buccaneers denied the claim and even though it was investigated by the NFLPA, no resolution was ever announced.
After being cut by the Bucs, Freeman signed with the Minnesota Vikings where he started a Monday Night Football game and completed less that 50 percent of his passes. Freeman was released by the Vikings soon after and was signed by the Giants in the offseason last year before being released after a few weeks with the team. The Dolphins took a shot with Freeman this past offseason, but according to the Miami Herald, “ He was uneven in minicamp and the organized team activities open to the media, and never really put any pressure on Dolphins backup Matt Moore.”
Freeman is just 27 but his NFL days may be behind him although there remains a possibility that a quarterback desperate team could still take yet another flyer on the Bucs single season passing leader.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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It’s all about #5! LoL! Dominick, who said he would’ve passed on Winston, made Freeman his first round pick! It’s O.K. Dom, at least when you say dumb things on ESPN, it doesn’t set my Bucs back ten years. Thanks for the memories.
Funny stuff surferdudes! lol
I have freemans helmet autographed. It was his first signing as a buccaneer. Sucks its worth nothing now! 🙁
omg that’s even funnier than surferdudes comment! But in all seriousness, it is pretty tragic, sorry ayron54.
It’s a sad story. But it’s on Josh and the blame Schiano nonsense comes from the stupid.
Hopefully Josh can move on and didn’t blow the money he made while in the league.
THAT close to a huge Buccaneers contract. Whew.
Freeman was actually with the Vikings through the duration of the season and his one year 3-million dollar contract. He was never cut by them. Though the reports of him showing up late to meetings etc would indicate he probably would have had he signed for a longer term deal.
It am still lobbying for the Saints, Falcons or Panthers to hire Mark Dominik in their personnel department. Get out of the studio Mark! We…I mean they…need you!
I thought Freeman made 8 million with Bucs and 2 million with the Vikings 2013? Don’t forget the several million he made from 2009-2012. I don’t feel sorry for him; he didn’t perform yet got many millions. I was a big fan of Freeman until after 2011. Early 2013 I heard it from someone inside OBP and also a friend of a friend of Freeman that he was partying way too much if you get my drift.
IT is amazing how this young man’s career has just collapsed. The year before he gets cut he breaks the record for passing yards and TD’s in a Season, and looks to have a bright future. He never tests positive but admits that he has a problem, at the same time that Talib has tested positive for a drug used to mask other drugs. I am convinced that Talib had something to do with Freeman’s fall. Talib was in love with himself and was going to star where ever he was. Freeman still had plenty to prove and his career was destroyed. If the organization had as much concern with Freeman as they seem to with Winston, he might still be playing in Tampa. He had awesome skills. I would love to see him picked up in Tampa as a back up.
How many years have we been hearing about these rumors of drug and/or alcohol addiction? I have two good friends who were addicted to serious drugs – one was pain medication the other cocaine – fortunately each one had loved ones that helped each one thru the detox process followed by the hard part of learning to live sober again. The key was they wanted to get clean. I cant help but wonder each time I read about the roller coaster ride of Freeman, did he take advantage of the NFL drug rehab program or even a private program? Serious cases can take a year so why , why are we still hearing the same repeated story? Never seen talent just disappear so drastically without a major career threatening injury, etc. Sad,. so sad. I was a huge Josh fan and still pray he can turn his life around even without football at this point.
Spoke directly to Mark Dominick on his Sirrus NFL show and told him as a season ticket holder since 1980, someone, either Freeman (preferably} or the organization owned the fans an explanation of what went wrong. All Dominick would offer was during the 2012 season it was determined the QB was not spending enough time honing his craft in the classroom so a decision was made to draft a QB (Glennon) in 2013.
I was also told by the Sports Babe on air one day that Raheem Morris used to go to after hour bottle clubs with the Free. If true, not a real good role model for the coach. Whatever the case, I don’t think Schiano had anything to do with the Free’s epic collapse as a certain bloviated radio host claims. Something’s wrong with a player though when he can’t even call a play in the huddle without the aid of a headset which results in two back to back delay of game penalties.
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