Schiano hints at competition for Josh Freeman

6:53 PM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) celebrates with wide receiver coach P.J. Fleck after throwing a touchdown pass during overtime against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on Nov. 18. The Bucs defeated the Panthers 27-21 in overtime. (Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE)
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TAMPA, FL -- During his end-of-the-season news conference, Bucs head coach Greg Schiano hinted at bringing in competition for quarterback Josh Freeman.

When asked if Freeman was still the Bucs' franchise quarterback, Schiano said he still needs to evaluate every player, and every position.

He acknowledged that Freeman set franchise records with over 4,000 yards passing and 27 touchdown passes.

"Do I think Josh Freeman is going to win Super Bowls in this league?... I do ... I hope that happens," said Schiano. "But at the end of the day, I have to evaluate everything before I can say, 'Boom, that's what we're doing' ... The one thing I do believe in is competition at every spot, including the quarterback, so I want to have as many good football players on our team as we can at every single position."

Freeman still has one year to go on his rookie contract. And the Bucs could put the franchise tag on Freeman after the 2013 season, giving them more time to contemplate a long-term contract extension for the team's first-round draft choice in 2009.

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