Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs Q&A: Should Tampa Bay keep Freeman?
Have a question about the Bucs? Tribune reporters Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman will answer it. Send your question now. Q: I've been a Bucs fan since '76. I have seen a lot of QBs pass through Tampa, one being Steve Young and what a mistake that was. I think Josh Freeman at 25 years old has a bright future ahead of him and now knowing Coach Mike Sullivan will be back, I think that should help stop all these ups and downs Josh keeps going through. I understand the not wanting to talk contract, but do you think it would be a bad move not to keep him? There's not a whole lot of great QB backups and I'm not all that confident in the upcoming QB class in 2013. Maybe if Alex Smith decides to jump the 49ers' ship, that may be an option to look into, but I don't want to see Tampa Bay give up on Freeman. He has the tools, just needs somehow to level off like I said, all his ups and downs. — Doug Jackson, Peoria, Ill. A: Freeman did not have a bad season in 2012. He faltered down the stretch, and that is a concern, but the Bucs are certainly not giving up on a young, talented QB. For a long stretch, Freeman was as efficient as any QB in the league in midseason, so the challenge is to find a way to keep him in that groove when he made smart decisions and was very careful with the football. By the end of 2013, the Bucs will make a decision on whether Freeman is their long-range answer under center.— Ira Kaufman