The swirling winds of trouble surrounding the Buccaneers franchise continued Sunday morning with a new report that Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman may soon demand a trade before the October deadline. Call to Freeman's representatives were not returned.
Quarterbacks sleeping late and missing meetings. Head coaches rigging team captain votes. A highly contagious, penicillin-resistant bacteria floating around a building. Power struggles in management. Oh and did we mention the starting quarterback reportedly set to demand a trade?
No, this isn’t a new sports-based reality television series, or sensationalistic novel set to hit shelves soon, but instead is the reported state of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the last two weeks.
Sunday morning Buccaneers fans woke up to a report by CBSSports.com writer Jason La Canfora
who wrote, “Freeman is likely to ask for a (trade) deal ahead of next month's trade deadline.”
La Canfora went on to write, “Furthermore, several executives on other clubs believe Schiano's refusal to ever really endorse Freeman is an attempt to undermine general manager Mark Dominik, who drafted Freeman in the first round prior to Schiano's arrival from Rutgers and who has also worked diligently to add talent to that roster in recent years. Many around the league believe Schiano would like to have full roster control as well, viewing Freeman – who threw for over 4,000 yards and nearly 30 touchdowns last year – as a pawn in a would-be power struggle.”
If the latest report proves to be true, Tampa Bay’s high-anticipated 2013 season is on the verge of unraveling. But as many have pointed out, winning cures almost everything.
The Buccaneers can go a long way in quelling the rumors and controversies with a win against their NFC South rival New Orleans Saints Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
One a side note, PewterReport.com does want to point out reports last week that the Buccaneers organization may have been behind the leak of Freeman missing the Bucs team photo are completely false. PewterReport.com received the information on the team photo days prior to any reports of the captain’s vote potentially being rigged. And a source, who actually saw the votes, confirmed to PewterReport.com that the votes were in no way manipulated.
Calls to Freeman’s agents were not returned to PewterReport.com Sunday morning, but we will continue to monitor and update the situation.
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