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Freeman's new agents talk to Bucs

Josh Freeman, 25, has a year left on his five-year, $26 million contract he signed as the 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft.


Josh Freeman, 25, has a year left on his five-year, $26 million contract he signed as the 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft.

TAMPA — Josh Freeman has endured two head coaching changes, three offensive coordinators and four quarterback coaches. But he is on the same page as the Bucs regarding his future with the team.

The new agents representing Freeman had an introductory meeting with general manager Mark Dominik two weeks ago at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis and both sides appear committed to keeping the quarterback in Tampa Bay.

"The meeting was extremely positive," said Erik Burkhardt, Freeman's agent. "Josh is in a great spot with an extremely smart and discipline head coach, brilliant GM and teammates he loves. They're going to win the Super Bowl next year."

Freeman, 25, has a year left on his five-year, $26 million contract he signed as the 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft.

The agent who negotiated that rookie deal, Ken Kremer of Creative Artists Agency, retired. Freeman is represented by his father, Ron Freeman, and has retained Burkhardt and Jeff Nalley of Select Sports Group.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano said recently that Freeman 'is our quarterback and I believe that with Josh Freeman, we'll be able to accomplish our goals."

But the Bucs might want to wait and see how Freeman performs next season before negotiating a contract extension. If one can't be reached, they can always use their franchise tag on him.

Freeman set club records by passing for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns. But he also had 17 interceptions. "We're not commenting about Josh's contract," Burkhardt said. "Anything is possible."

Around the league

Bills: Linebacker Shawne Merriman, 28, a three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2005 defensive rookie of the year, said on his website he is retiring.

Browns: Ray Farmer was named assistant general manager, with Mike Lombardi switching from vice president of player personnel to GM.

Jaguars: Veteran cornerback and former Bethune-Cookman star Rashean Mathis will not be offered a new contract, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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