The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released quarterback Josh Freeman on Thursday, bringing closure to a rift between the organization and its fallen franchise signal-caller.
Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news, as Freeman had the final year of his rookie contract cut short:
Filed to ESPN: Bucs have released QB Josh Freeman. Bucs tried to trade him but couldn't.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2013
The team later confirmed the move, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:
BREAKING: GM Mark Dominik confirmed today that Freeman is being released.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) October 3, 2013