Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bucs GM Mark Dominik: Josh Freeman to enter final year of contract without new deal

Josh Freeman is coming off a career year, his fourth in the NFL.

Josh Freeman is coming off a career year, his fourth in the NFL.

TAMPA — Though it has been apparent since the end of the regular season that the Bucs likely will wait before extending the contract of quarterback Josh Freeman, general manager Mark Dominik left no doubt Monday during a series of radio interviews.

Emphasizing that "no one's in a hurry" despite Freeman's contract expiring after the 2013 season, Dominik said the quarterback will enter the season without a new deal.

"I would say the way coach (Greg Schiano) and I talk about it is that there's no sense of urgency," Dominik said during interviews with 98.7-FM and 620-AM. "There's no hurry from Josh Freeman and his representation (either). So there's good communication going on. We do have time on our hands.

"Josh is going to try to play the best he can, and we'll watch the situation unfold and how the offseason goes. But Josh has done a good job."

Dominik later added that Freeman "wants to maximize his ability" before discussing a new deal as he heads into his fifth season.

Freeman, who turned 25 Sunday, had a career year this season, setting career highs in yards (4,065) and touchdown passes (27), but he had a series of games with monumental struggles, throwing eight interceptions in a two-game span down the stretch. That gave the team reason to pause when considering his future.

Still, Dominik stressed the positives seen in 2012 from the team's 2009 first-round pick.

"We felt he had a solid season," Dominik said of Freeman. "He had a couple games that a lot of people talked about. But he had a stretch run that was as good as it got in the National Football League."

Bucs GM Mark Dominik: Josh Freeman to enter final year of contract without new deal 01/14/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 14, 2013 11:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Harmeling first woman to receive lifetime honor at Sneaker Soiree in Tampa

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For the last quarter-century, she has combined passion and meticulousness to keep the Gasparilla Distance Classic humming and evolving. Indefatigable and detailed, Susan Harmeling braces for every race-weekend contingency.

    Susan Harmeling gives a speech after accepting an award  during the annual Sneaker Soiree, at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, Thursday, June 22, 2017.
  2. The Rays expect Evan Longoria to be back in the lineup for tonight's game.
  3. Rowdies shut out at Pittsburgh

    Soccer

    PITTSBURGH — The Rowdies lost their first USL game in nearly a month, 1-0 to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

  4. LSU's Paul Mainieri defends FSU's Mike Martin; Gators play Friday

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — LSU coach Paul Mainieri says whether Florida State's Mike Martin ever wins a national championship should have no bearing on how his long career in college baseball is judged.

    MADE IT: Josh Watson beats the tag of Louisville catcher Colby Fitch during TCU’s 4-3 win in the College World Series.
  5. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick tonight in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.