For a few days now, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has asked for his release. It wasn’t something the Bucs wanted to do as they hoped to trade their former starting quarterback, but with such a limited market and tension unbearable, the team decided to bite the bullet and release Freeman this afternoon.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Filed to ESPN: Bucs have released QB Josh Freeman. Bucs tried to trade him but couldn’t.
It was reported earlier this week that Tampa Bay had attempted to call every team in the league to work out a trade, but simply found no takers so it was either keep the unhappy Freeman on the roster or let him go.
The choice was pretty clear.
Freeman will now hit waivers, though, will likely go unclaimed. That said, he shouldn’t be without a job for long as despite a lack of trade interest, there will be at team or two willing to give Freeman an opportunity on their roster for cheap.