Earlier this week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Josh Freeman, requested to be traded away from Tampa Bay. The request came on the heels of Freeman being relieved of his role as the team's starting quarterback after Tampa Bay's 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday.
I don't blame Freeman for wanting to leave the Buccaneers, but the chances of him being traded are slim to none. With that being said, don't expect Freeman to be going anywhere anytime soon.
And here's why.
Freeman, in my opinion, is one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL - on and off the field - and has lost the popularity that he once had in Tampa Bay. This past preseason, he was relieved of his role as offensive team captain after the team voted wide receiver Vincent Jackson & guard David Joseph as Tampa Bay's offensive captains for the 2013 season.
That vote came on the heels of Josh Freeman missing the team's annual team photo shoot. Freeman said he missed the shoot because he had "car troubles", but in all honesty, I think he just overslept. Freeman has constantly been displaying how irresponsible his is, and it's resulted in his peers losing trust & faith in him.
Enough with the bonehead decisions he's making off the field, because his performance on the field isn't all that great, either.
Through 3 games in 2013, Freeman has thrown for 571 passing yards, 2 TD, & 3 INT. He's only completing 45.7% of his passes, and when he does complete a pass, it only goes for an average of 6.1 yards. His 59.3 passer rating isn't helping his team out, either, and all these stats look even worse when I tell you that he's coming off a 2012 season in which he threw 27 TD & over 4,000 yards. Freeman's decline has been a heck of a free-fall since then, and his lack of leadership & trust within his team is something that no coach wants in his starting quarterback. As a result, Freeman's benching should't be much of a surprise.
Another reason Freeman is staying put in Tampa Bay is due to the fact that out of the 31 possible landing spots Freeman has, only one team can realistically trade for him.
That one team is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Freeman said that he's not willing to take a pay cut or sign an extension as part of the trade, so with that being said, 30 teams are automatically eliminated from the "Josh Freeman stakes", leaving Jacksonville as the lone wolf.
Freeman is still due to make $6.4 million of his $8.4 million salary base, and Jacksonville is the only team in the league that can trade for him and still have cap room left. In other words, Freeman might as well stay in Tampa Bay. With this being the last year of his rookie contract, he's going to make $7 million just to wear a visor cap & carry around a clipboard on the sidelines of every Buccaneers game this season, and watch his replacement Mike Glennon do a job that Freeman himself has failed to do - be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
So with that being said, Freeman's best option is to collect that $7 million check for doing absolutely nothing, but sit on the sidelines every week, and simply just move on with his career. I think Freeman requesting a trade is a reflection of how immature he really is, and if this keeps up, Freeman won't just be out of a job as a starting quarterback, but he'll be out of a job ... period.