Freeman sidelined in Tampa

Updated: October 2, 2013

NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-It’s a pivotal contract season by the Tampa Bay Bucs QB Josh Freeman, who was selected 17th overall by the Buccaneers in the 2009.

In other words, it is show and prove or get moved.

Well, it didn’t take long before the Buccaneers made the decision that the five-year quarterback from Kansas State was no longer the face of their franchise.

Honestly, it was obvious the Bucs had lost confidence in Freeman, when they drafted 6’6′, 220 pound North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon in the third round this spring during the NFL Draft and when Freeman’s team mates didn’t elect him to be one of their team captains to start the 2013 season.

Well, the deal was finally sealed after only three games by a team that hadn’t made the playoff since 2007 to bench Freeman, who completed only 45% of his passes against the Jets, Saints and Patriots, while only  throwing two  touchdown passes and three interceptions.

In Freeman’s defense, however, while in the Bay area, unfortunately, fell victim to the Jason Campbell syndrome.

Which means, he had to play under two different coaches, three offensive coordinators, and four quarterback coaches in five years?

Sadly, in the NFL, quarterbacks must adjust to the chaos, no matter the situation, and perform under pressure.

There are, in essence, no excuses.

You must win at all cost.

For, if the team loses, you either blame the coach or the quarterback for the lost.

With Freeman sidelined, however, will he become a life-long backup in a league looking for superstar QBs?

Or will some NFL team like the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Cleveland Browns pay for his quarterback services before opting out for the arm and arrogance of Texas a&M’s Johnny “Football,” who more than likely will  become the NFL overall No.1 draft pick in 2014.

Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies,  is currently the Editor and Chief of  Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles  appear daily along with his controversial  cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at

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