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Since the conclusion of the 2012 season, there have been varying reports coming out of Tampa Bay regarding the future of the quarterback position, currently held by Josh Freeman.
First, Bucs coach Greg Schiano hinted that the team would bring in competition for Freeman.
Then, reports stated that Freeman's agent had positive talks with the Bucs about a possible extension for Freeman.
I think the truth lies more in the first report than the second. While Freeman threw 27 touchdown passes last year, he also threw 17 interceptions, and didn't play his best football when it mattered most, late in games.
I believed Schiano when he hinted at bringing in competition and, quite frankly, I think it'd be a mistake for he and general manager Mark Dominik to not do so.
Freeman seems like a guy who is on the cusp of greatness. His physical tools are evident to anyone with a working pair of eyeballs, and he put in the work last offseason to get into better shape.
But, his decision-making with the football leaves a lot to be desired, and Schiano is certainly cognizant of that fact.
I sincerely doubt that the Buccaneers will use a high draft pick on a quarterback, but I don't think that bringing in David Carr, recently linked with the team, is the answer either.
What's more likely is the Bucs bringing in someone who can push Freeman, and even replace him if his turnover rate becomes too much for Schiano to deal with.
Guys like Matt Cassel, Brian Hoyer and Drew Stanton all fit that bill.