Over the past couple of weeks since the season has come to a close for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether or not starting quarterback Josh Freeman would get a contract extension with the team.
Although Freeman put up decent numbers during the 2012 regular season and the team appears to be on the rise with wide receiver Vincent Jackson and rookie running back Doug Martin emerging as starts for Tampa Bay, the team is in no hurry to sign Freeman to a contract extension and will more than likely let him play out the rest of his rookie deal.
Bucs GM Mark Dominik says the team is not rushing the process and neither are Freeman’s representation via ESPN.com:
“I would say the way coach and I talk about it is that there’s no sense of urgency,” Dominik said in interviews with Tampa radio stations 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.”
With both sides seemingly content on Freeman playing out the last year of his rookie contract without renegotiating a new deal with the team, the future looks promising in Tampa Bay with Freeman ready to prove that he’s worth a long-term lucrative deal as next season may be the beginning of a drastic turnaround for the Bucs.
The competition in the NFC South division hasn’t gotten any easier over the past few years with the Atlanta Falcons becoming legitimate Super Bowl title contenders as well as the New Orleans Saints winning a title a few years back. Along with the Falcons and Saints being dominant forces within the division and NFC for that matter, the Carolina Panthers are also starting to figure things out with Cam Newton leading the charge under center.
Needless to say, the Bucs will have a tough task ahead to compete with the three other teams in the division as well as the best of the best in the NFC moving forward.