Originally posted on NFL Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 1/7/13

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 27: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs to pass the ball during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 27, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Buccaneers do not have any plans to discuss a long-term extension with QB Josh Freeman during the upcoming offseason. Freeman will enter the final year of his rookie contract next season, but Stroud adds that the Bucs could elect to use their franchise tag on him next year, assuming that he plays well enough to earn that figure. Stroud suggests that franchise tag total for quarterbacks next season could be as high as $17 million. Greg Schiano publicly mentioned that he plans to bring in some competition for Freeman next year, so there’s by no means a strong sense of loyalty coming from the head coach. Stroud adds that Tampa Bay doesn’t want to end up in the same position as the Jets did after they locked up Mark Sanchez, so it seems as though Freeman is headed for a true make-or-break season in 2013.   The post Buccaneers Have No Intention Of Discussing A Contract Extension With Josh Freeman? appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.
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