According to JoeBucsFans.com, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said that the team won’t address Josh Freeman’s contract until 2014.
“I think there’s just a comfort level that everybody understands where Josh Freeman’s going. Let’s focus on this season and then, we’ll go after the season’s over.”
Freeman is entering the final year of rookie contract, which was an $8.43 million deal. I’m guessing the team wants to see him take the next step this season, which is more than likely reaching the playoffs. He has the pieces around him and the talent, along with a defense that will surely get some take-away’s.
They are no Chicago Bears team, who led the league with 44 last season, but they could put the ball in Freeman’s hands more than they did last season, in hopes of a playoff run. It’s not going to be easy, in fact, it’s going to be very very tough.
The NFC South is stacked with talent in that division, two of the top quarterbacks in the division in Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.
Being in a tough division, in an already tough conference, with teams who have surpassed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when it comes to rebuilding their team, will definitely be a challenge for Josh Freeman and this Tampa Bay team.