Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – After failing to find a taker, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have released quarterback Josh Freeman.
According to sources, Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik contacted all 31 other teams in an attempt to trade Freeman but failed to draw interest.
“We made the decision today to release Josh Freeman. We appreciate his efforts over the past five seasons, but we felt this was in the best interests of both Josh and the Buccaneers,” Dominik said in a statement.
The team expects that Freeman will claim his right to his full remaining salary of $6.2 million and be free to sign with any other team in the league.
Sources added that Tampa Bay’s initial plan was to retain Freeman until closer to the trade deadline as insurance in case another team suffered an injury at quarterback and he became marketable.
However, the organization decided to separate from Freeman because too much damage was being inflicted on coach Greg Schiano and the situation with one player was undermining the focus of the entire team.
Freeman was in the final year of his rookie contract. The Buccaneers entered the season fully willing to pay Freeman as a franchise quarterback as long as he demonstrated he was worthy with his performance on the field.
Taken 17th overall by the Buccaneers in the 2009 draft, Freeman was benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon prior to Tampa Bay’s 13-10 loss to Arizona on Sunday.
In 60 career games, Freeman has thrown for 13,534 yards, 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions. He is the franchise’s leader in career TD passes.
Last season, Freeman threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns. He had two touchdown passes and three interceptions this season before he was benched.