By Steve Corkran
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 2:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.
ALAMEDA – It’s not every day that a quarterback in his prime hits the free-agent market. Yet, that’s the case now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released veteran Josh Freeman.
Given the Raiders lack of experience at quarterback, it begs the question whether they are interested in signing Freeman.
“I don’t know,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Thursday, without elaborating.
Allen, of course, has enough to worry about without delving into the Freeman situation. That’s where general manager Reggie McKenzie enters the picture.
McKenzie’s decision to trade for quarterback Matt Flynn backfired, with Terrelle Pryor and undrafted free agent Matt McGloin ahead of Flynn on the heels of a disastrous outing by Flynn last Sunday.
Pryor is back as the unquestioned starter after missing one game with a concussion. Even so, he has only four regular-season starts in his three NFL seasons, including three this season.
Freeman, 25, started 59 games since he joined the league in 2009. He fell from favor with coach Greg Schiano this season, got benched last week and released today.
Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson was with the Buccaneers from 2009-11, when Freeman made his first 40 starts.
Olson said he got informed of Freeman’s release as he walked off the practice field today. A short time later, Olson spoke glowingly of the player he once coached.
“I’ve always been a fan of Josh’s,” Olson said. “I have a lot of respect for him as a person and a player. It was unfortunate for me to watch what happened in Tampa here, really, over the last couple of years. He’s a great player.”