Freeman wants to be released.
According to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, Freeman is pressuring Tampa Bay to release him instead of waiting for a trade. If Tampa Bay did release him, Freeman would receive the remaining money from his $6.2 million salary and the ability to sign with another team. However, Werder reports Tampa Bay does not have any immediate intentions to release Freeman.
Tampa Bay is currently calling every team to gauge their interest in Freeman, but the response has been lukewarm, according to Werder:
Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik has made calls to about one-third of the teams in the NFL to determine whether they have interest in trading for the quarterback, and the team will have contacted every team by the end of the day, according to sources. Interest has been described as being mild.
The reasons why teams are holding off are to get a much better value as the October 29 trade deadline nears, or wait for Tampa Bay to release Freeman. Tampa Bay created this problem, and as time passes, the Bucs will probably make a desperate move to get rid of Freeman.
The NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith is scheduled to visit the Bucs’ facility on Tuesday as he begins visits with each team. Smith will likely want to know how medical information about Freeman being in the NFL's substance-abuse program was leaked, and ensure the Bucs are following league rules when it comes to the treatment of his players.
Considering Schiano has benched Freeman and banned him from the sidelines, this quarterback needs another home soon.
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