Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman may not be a captain, but he is the skipper of a fading career with his current team.
The Bucs drafted quarterback Mike Glennon this past offseason to replace Freeman if he struggled this year. Freeman had been a team captain since 2010, but was stripped of that title by a team vote before the regular season. Freeman completed only 15-of-31 for 210 yards, one touchdown and one interception during an 18-17 loss against the New York Jets.
Well, things are not getting any better for Freeman.
According to Ira Kaufman, reporter at The Tampa Tribune, Freeman did not show up for the team photo last week. That photo shoot, which is a traditional event for every NFL team, was held before Tampa Bay voted on team captains.
In fact, Kaufman reports Freeman was late on the first day of his football camp for kids at Wesley Chapel High School in Florida this past summer. Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson was forced to fill in for Freeman, who said his absence was due to car trouble.
ProFootballTalk.com reported Tampa Bay held a players-only meeting to discuss the legitimacy of the vote that resulted in Freeman not being named a captain this season. However, Bucs coach Greg Schiano told Kaufman, “That story is 100 percent inaccurate” on Wednesday.
While the purpose of the meeting is unclear, it is accurate to say Freeman’s popularity in Tampa has hit an all-time low.
Teammates are willing to put up with a lot of things if you are playing well. Since Freeman is not living up to being a first-round pick in 2009, skipping a team photo is an occurrence that will be leaked to the media by someone who is displeased with the quarterback.
At this rate, Freeman better be on time for the photo shoot with his new team in 2014.