Josh Freeman, quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is so frustrated with his current team that he can’t even wait to be traded, he wants to be released now.
According to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, the 25-year-old is hoping Tampa Bay will release him instead of waiting for a trade. If Tampa Bay does agree to release him, Freeman would cash out of his $6.2 million salary and forfeit the option to sign with another team. However, Freeman may just have to stay put, because Tampa Bay is not interested in letting go him go, according to Werder’s report.
According to procedure, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is testing other team interests in Freeman, but things are not looking good for the quarterback:
“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 lack of interest towards Freeman is reported to come from information leaked on Monday about his status as a Stage 1 participant in the league’s substance abuse program. Such information can seriously limit a player’s options and is supposed to be kept confidential.
Freeman said he has passed all 46 league-administered drug tests, but Monday’s leaked information could undermine his plans to get traded.