Buccaneers release disgruntled QB Josh Freeman

The Buccaneers released quarterback Josh Freeman on Thursday. (REUTERS)

The Buccaneers released quarterback Josh Freeman on Thursday. (REUTERS)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:36 PM ET

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers couldn't trade him and they didn't want to play him, so Thursday they released quarterback Josh Freeman.

Thus ends one of the nastiest divorces in the sporting world since Tiger Woods found one of his best golf clubs stuck in his windshield.

It is the best move for both sides in what had become a nasty bit of in-fighting and subterfuge.

The Bucs had contacted all 31 teams, but failed to make a deal. They will now be on the hook for all of Freeman’s $6.2 million in termination pay. Plus, Freeman can join any team that might be interested.

The cold war had ramped up again late Wednesday night when it was leaked that the club fined Freeman three times last month. He was late for a bus, missed a team meeting, and was sanctioned for giving an interview to ESPN. Freeman is appealing the fines.


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