Coach Greg Schiano recently told NFL Network that Josh Freeman is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' "only" quarterback, but the organization still isn't ready to commit to its starter on a long-term contract.
General manager Mark Dominik said in January that he was in "no hurry" to extend Freeman's rookie deal entering a contract year. He reiterated that stance Saturday.
"I think there's just a comfort level that everybody understands where Josh Freeman's going," Dominik told Tom Krasniqi on WDAE-AM. "Let's focus on this season, and then, we'll go after the season's over."
Schiano inherited Freeman from the previous regime and still wonders if he has a franchise quarterback on his hands.
While Schiano's locker-room expectations are a bit nebulous, Freeman's on-field issues are easier to dissect.
Freeman finds himself in the same position as Jay Cutler, a talented but flawed quarterback who could follow Joe Flacco's primrose path to a mega contract or wash out of the gutter as a journeyman in the fashion of Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell and Kevin Kolb.The Around The League Podcast is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.