COMMENTARY | The rocky relationship between Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback Josh Freeman and head coach Greg Schiano has been heavily publicized this week due to Schiano's decision to bench Freeman in their last game against the Arizona Cardinals. This outcome has lead to Freeman falling out with his head coach and caused the NFL's rumor mill to spin wildly in wither the Buccaneers would trade or release the five-year veteran this week.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a final decision has been made in Freeman ultimately being released late Thursday afternoon leaving many questions to where he'll land next.
Freeman is a high-caliber playmaker who still has potential to be a franchise quarter in the league so his services will be heavily sought after in the next upcoming days. However, it appears Freeman has already hinted to where he would like to begin the next chapter of his football career, which could potentially be in the silver and black of the Oakland Raiders.
A heavily popular Bay Area sports radio station, 98.7 The Game, reported on their Twitter that Freeman sent them a text message expressing interest in joining the Raiders.
We just recieved [sic] this text from Josh Freeman: "Raider Nation is great. I've worked with Greg Olson & he is a great coordinator."- 95.7 The GAME (@957thegame) October 3, 2013
If reports are true, it seems Freeman believes the Raiders and their offensive system is a good opportunity for him to flourish in success and potentially resurrect his career. Also, signing Freeman would make a lot of sense for the Raiders because it would upgrade their quarterback position and solidify a franchise quarterback for the present and future.
It will be an interesting next couple of days in Raider Nation to see if the front office pulls the trigger in signing Freeman or sticking with their young quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who is expected to return from injury this week. Regardless, the ball is in the Raiders' court and they'll ultimately have to decide if Freeman or Pryor is their franchise quarterback that will lead them back to being a championship caliber team.
Chad Bertrand is a Los Angeles-based sports writer that covers the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Lakers. You can read more of his work on RaidersTribune.com and LakersNation.com.
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