Does first round pick QB Josh Freeman, have leverage on the Bucs? With
the recent release of veteran signal caller Brian Griese, one might think Freeman and further more his agent Tom Condon have the team right where they want them. It’s an easy scenario to understand with Condon representing must of the talented first round quarterbacks selected over the last several years in the NFL.
The guess here is that, general manager Mark Dominik & Freeman’s representative have actually agreed on the numbers, thus are working out the actual language of the contract. As far as length, five years is the max for a player drafted in the second half of the first round, couple that with the pre-determined base salaries for rookies this season and the last thing is signing bonus, roster bonus monies, along with escalators and what will trigger such escalators.
With the release of Griese, it is a clear signal that Dominik has progressed to a point in the negotiations with Condon that he felt comfortable with releasing Griese, so expect to see Freeman signed sealed and delivered in the next week.
Why else do you release a player who apparently had no trade value – has stuck around all off-season as an insurance policy incase of an injury.