The Josh Freeman saga in Tampa is over.
After weeks of acrimony between the team and its former first-round quarterback, the Buccaneers have released Freeman. The Bucs had attempted to trade Freeman over the last several days, but no team expressed sufficient interest for the team to make a deal.
So, despite owing him more than $6 million on his rookie contract, the Bucs simply parted ways by releasing him.
“We appreciate his efforts over the past five seasons, but we felt this was in the best interests of both Josh and the Buccaneers,” general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement.
Freeman was the Bucs’ first-round pick in 2009, the same year the Jets drafted Mark Sanchez No. 5 overall. Freeman has been replaced by rookie third-round quarterback Mike Glennon.
By releasing Freeman, the Bucs will get zero draft-choice compensation for him. Not only didn't they make a trade, but they won't get a compensatory draft pick by waiting until his contract runs out and another team signs him.
Freeman gets to keep all of his remaining salary. And if he's signed by another team, he gets to work out a new contract and keep that salary as well.
Just what he wanted.