Reports: Buccaneers release Freeman

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchangeOctober 3, 2013


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are releasing quarterback Josh Freeman after failed attempts to trade him, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.
The Buccaneers are eating more than $6 million in salary owed to Freeman.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Freeman was fined three times totaling $31,500: $10,500 for conducting an unauthorized interview with ESPN, and undisclosed amounts for missing a team meal and for being late to the team bus before the season-opening road game against the New York Jets.
SI.com and NFL.com reported Freeman was fined twice for conduct detrimental to the team, for an unauthorized media interview and for missing a meeting.
All of the reports indicated Freeman is appealing the fines.
Freeman lost his starting job to Mike Glennon after the Bucs lost each of their first three games this season.
News leaked earlier this week that Freeman was in the NFL's substance-abuse program. The quarterback accused the team of releasing the confidential information, and he blamed his positive drug test on using the wrong prescription medication to treat ADHD.
On Tuesday, Freeman was asked to stay away from a team meeting, FoxSports.com reported.
Freeman was on the trading block, but his value diminished since the start of the season. He completed just 43 of 94 passes (45.7 percent) for 571 yards with two touchdown passes and three interceptions.