By Eric Schmidt

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and QB Josh Freeman are not expected to start contract extension talks this season. With two years remaining on his rookie contract, Freeman seems in no hurry to start extension talks, as is the franchise. Freeman’s father, Ron, handles his contractual issues and he told the Tampa Bay Times, “We haven’t had any discussions about it. I think there’s no rush. Obviously, we want something done by 2013. It’s really kind of wait and see. I don’t think either side feels like there’s any reason to do something before then.”

Widely considered to be the franchise quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lacked for years, Freeman would not be able to negotiate a long-term deal with a position of strength. Freeman is coming off a terrible 2011 campaign. In 2010, the Kansas State product tossed 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions but took a monstrous step back in 2011.

In a very disappointing 2011 season, Freeman threw just 16 scores and a career high, 22 interceptions.

Freeman will have to learn a new offense this season under rookie head coach Greg Schiano while the coaching staff will be able to discern whether or not Freeman is the quarterback of the future for the Buccaneers led by Schiano.

 

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