Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 8/4/13

It's no secret that the Buccaneers are one of the most difficult teams in the NFL to predict. One season, they show potential. Then, the fall flat in the following year. Next comes another promising year, and the cycle repeats. It's not a winning cycle, and the Buccaneers are ready for a change if they need to make one. General Manager Mark Dominik told WDAE-AM today that the team will be waiting until after the season is over before getting into contract talks with quarterback Josh Freeman. "I think there's just a comfort level that everybody understands where Josh Freeman's going," Dominik said. "Let's focus on this season, and then, we'll go after the season's over." With that decision, the Buccaneers are hedging their bet that Freeman is the future of the franchise. That type of move bit the Ravens in the ass in a big way last year when Joe Flacco led the team to a Super Bowl victory, forcing the Ravens to vastly overpay a largely average to above average quarterback. If, however, Josh Freeman continues to be his inconsistent self, the Buccaneers will simplify their exit strategy or be able to secure Freeman with a  cheap contract, allowing them to put other pieces of the puzzle in place before going after a high-dollar quarterback. The decision to wait then becomes a high risk, high reward bet in which the Buccaneers are essentially putting their money on losing. By waiting, the Buccaneers are putting the ball in Josh Freeman's court. If he wins, they'll be paying big for it, but the best seems to be against Freeman. At this point, the team knows, more or less, what it's getting from it's quarterback, and this could be the first step to moving on from a mediocre era. [follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bright future for Minnesota Timberwolves

Eli and Archie Manning say Peyton won’t likely leave Denver if he plays in 2016

NCAA mulls changes to graduate transfer and targeting rules

Cavs active in NBA trade market, covet Jared Dudley

Roger Goodell expectedly dodges Patriots-related questions at Super Bowl

Baltimore Orioles acquire starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

USC athletic director Pat Haden to retire in June

Report: Browns owner ‘frustrated, emotional’ about Johnny Manziel

Raiders and Texans to play MNF game in Mexico City in 2016

Goodell wants to keep Raiders, Chargers in home markets

Deadly shooting breaks out at Dublin boxing weigh-in

Mike Shula vs. Wade Phillips: The best story of Super Bowl 50

Klay Thompson's first five years in historical context

WATCH: Cubs' Kris Bryant went swimming with sharks

Sports Authority taking steps to file for bankruptcy

Major League Baseball threatens to disassociate from DraftKings

NFL considering moving Pro Bowl to Australia

Joe Montana warns NFL players about potential long-term damage after retirement

Report: Two people fired for leaking Jason Pierre-Paul information

USMNT are big favorites against Canada

‘Crying Jordan’ photographer had no idea it existed until this week

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in the NHL playoff hunt

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

‘Actor’ Todd Gurley wants to make ‘billions’

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Johnny Manziel dropped by agent

Michael Irvin: Cowboys should save Manziel

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

The merits of trading Blake Griffin to the Hornets

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

Could the Marlins contend in 2016?

Report: Browns to cut Manziel in March

Browns rip Manziel in statement

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker