It would appear that sooner rather than later, quarterback Josh Freeman will be finding himself a new home.
On Thursday, the tumultuous relationship between the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Freemen finally ended with the Bucs waiving him. This comes after one of the great trainwrecks of the 2013 season, in which Freeman and Tampa Bay coach Greg Shiano publicly butted heads and where it was revealed that Freeman was in Stage 1 of the NFL’s substance abuse program, something that was not supposed to be made public knowledge.
While the NFL Players Association begins their work in brow-beating the Buccaneers, Freeman, on the other hand, is in a position where he will likely have a choice of his next team. Despite his problems this season, Freeman did pass for more than 4,000 yards in 2012, and his services will be in demand for what can only be described as a perfect storm of bad quarterback luck around the league.
First up, you have a Tennessee Titans squad that just absorbed a huge blow with the loss of Jake Locker. Ryan Fitzpatrick is slated to start, so it may be unlikely the Titans would take a serious look at Freeman, though it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
On the other hand, the Buffalo Bills are now without their starter, E.J. Manuel, and the best they could come up with was Jeff Tuel. Nobody should be surprised if they make a hard push to get Freeman in as soon as possible.
There are some other possibilities with teams who have a major depth problem at quarterback. That includes the Rams, who is shaky past starter Sam Bradford, Atlanta, who’d be completely lost if Matt Ryan went down, and even Green Bay, who would likely prefer Freeman as a back-up to Aaron Rogers as opposed to, say, Seneca Wallace.
A couple of teams you won’t see in the mix will be the Cleveland Browns, who have already publicly stated they will not be interested, and the Jacksonville Jaguars because, well, they’re the Jaguars and they’ve already phoned it in to get the top pick in 2014.