Through his ups and downs, the Buccaneers have remained committed to Josh Freeman as their starting quarterback, and the expectation is he will return as the starter next season. That said, they were disappointed with his inconsistency in 2012, and head coach Greg Schiano has said he is looking for better competition at every position, including QB, this offseason.
The pressure on Freeman will be turned up, perhaps considerably, from this past season. He is heading into the final year of his rookie contract and our sources expect the Bucs to allow him to enter next season without a contract extension.
Freeman will be working with a new QB coach, as Ron Turner is departing after one season on the job with the Bucs to take the head-coaching position at Florida International University. GM Mark Dominik has not drafted a quarterback since he selected Freeman in the first round of the 2009 draft, but it’s believed that the Bucs are interested in adding a player to develop at the position this offseason to develop.
If they find the right one, that player could be the one that takes Freeman’s job down the line if he does not make the strides the Bucs want to see.