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5 Best Trade Scenarios for Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 10, 2017

5 Best Trade Scenarios for Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman

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    Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the verge of a messy divorce. 

    In an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson, the recently benched quarterback said a trade is "probably the best option for him."

    According to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times, "The team is considering making Freeman the inactive third quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals."

    Yikes.

    Let's look at the five best trade scenarios for the former first-round pick.  

Cleveland Browns

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    The Cleveland Browns are looking for another encouraging performance from Brian Hoyer, a week after he replaced the injured and ineffective Brandon Weeden and led his team to a 31-27 win in Minnesota over the Vikings in Week 3. 

    There's no telling how Hoyer will play for the remainder of the time he's on the field, but there's at least a decent chance Weeden won't be on the roster in 2014.

    The Browns have two first-round picks next May, so they'll have the opportunity to draft their franchise quarterback if they feel compelled to do so, but head coach Rob Chudzinski could be intrigued enough by Freeman's physical tools to test him out in Cleveland's offense. 

    A trade to Cleveland doesn't make a ton of sense for either side, but it's not totally illogical either, especially with the Browns' current quarterback situation.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The future franchise quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars is not currently on the roster. 

    Blaine Gabbert has been a complete flop of a first-round pick, and Chad Henne has been worse. In all likelihood, GM David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley will be dead set on finding their franchise quarterback in the draft, but they'll need a veteran to compete with any rookie who's selected in May. 

    For Freeman, he'd find himself on a team without an abundance of skill-position players, but one that should improve defensively due to Bradley's expertise on that side of the ball. 

    Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon are encouraging young wideouts, and offensive tackle Luke Joeckel was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft. 

    If the Jaguars are willing to spend the money on Freeman, Jacksonville may be an underrated landing spot for the quarterback. 

Oakland Raiders

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    The Oakland Raiders seem much more confident in Terrelle Pryor as their quarterback than Matt Flynn

    The former suffered a concussion in a Week 3 loss to the Denver Broncos and could miss time. 

    Freeman wouldn't have much weaponry around him and would likely have to compete with Pryor—and potentially a rookie—for the starting job in 2014, but it's better than his current employment situation in Tampa Bay. 

    Working in his favor is that Greg Olson, who was the Buccaneers offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012, currently holds the same position for the Raiders. 

    They'd likely work diligently to recreate the magic from Freeman's 2010 campaign.

Arizona Cardinals

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    Carson Palmer may be an appropriate fit in Bruce Arians' downfield passing offense, but the soon-to-be 34-year-old is merely a stop-gap option for the Arizona Cardinals. 

    Freeman does possess a strong arm and is athletic enough to avoid the rush on occasion, so it's not out of the question that Arians, the former Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator, sees some Ben Roethlisberger to his game. 

    The quarterback would inherit an offense that struggles to run the football but has Larry Fitzgerald and young outside receiver Michael Floyd. 

    Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett and Patrick Peterson lead an underrated defense, a group that eventually could alleviate pressure from Freeman. 

     

Minnesota Vikings

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    The Minnesota Vikings make the most sense for Josh Freeman, and Josh Freeman makes the most sense for the Minnesota Vikings. 

    Leslie Frazier could be on the hot seat if his team underachieves this season after they drastically overachieved in 2012, thanks to a legendary campaign from running back Adrian Peterson

    There's a chance that Frazier, hired full-time in 2011 after an interim stint in 2010, won't have the opportunity to draft his franchise quarterback next May.

    Christian Ponder simply hasn't been the answer at quarterback.

    A fresh start for Freeman could jump-start the anemic passing offense, but it could still lean on Peterson in precarious situations.

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