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Freeman Won’t Get Contract Extension This Offseason

If Josh Freeman is going to stay the Bucs QB for the long term, he’s going to have to earn it. The St.Pete Times reports that the Bucs are not set to give the QB a contract extension.

The Bucs will not discuss extending Josh Freeman’s contract this off-season which means his rookie deal will expire after 2013. If he plays great, the Bucs will use their franchise tag on Freeman and try to sign him to a long-term deal. The exclusive rights franchise tender for a quarterback would likely be more than $17 million for one year.

The Bucs’ don’t want a situation like the Jets have with QB Mark Sanchez; they’d like to cut ties but have guaranteed him $8.25 million next season.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano likes a lot of things about Freeman’s game — he did set franchise records for passing yards and touchdowns — but plans to add a quarterback to compete next season either in the draft or free agency.

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