Olson on Freeman: 'I think he's a great player'
Greg Olson was Josh Freeman's offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay from 2009-11. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
ALAMEDA -- Josh Freeman just hit the open market. The cannon-armed, disgruntled quarterback was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday in an expected move after a well-publicized rift with the team.
The Raiders haven’t declared interest in Freeman after fifth-year veteran clears waivers, nor did they slam the door on the idea. When asked about interest in Freeman, coach Dennis Allen stayed on the fence.
“I don’t know,” Allen said.
Freeman certainly has a fan in Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
Olson was Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator from 2009-11, during Freeman’s most productive period. Olson developed Freeman into a solid NFL quarterback and has a system that fits the quarterback’s style.
Olson was disappointed to hear about Freeman’s in-season release.
“I’ve always been a fan of Josh as a person and a player,” Olson said after Thursday’s practice. “It was unfortunate, for me, to watch what happened in Tampa really over the last couple of years. I’ve always had the utmost respect for him. I think he’s a great player. I feel bad for him and the entire situation and how it’s played out. I just found out myself coming off the field that he was released. I don’t think there are any winners for anybody in that situation.”
Another team might benefit by adding Freeman after he clears waivers. He could come cheap considering the Buccaneers owe him the balance of his 2013 salary, which NFL.com reports is $5.95 million. With that much guaranteed, Freeman might sign cheap and take a chance on a team without an established franchise quarterback.