Agents typically instruct their draft picks to stay the heck away from their team’s facilities this time of year, until they have a contract. Some agents get particularly guarded when you ask about a rookie’s whereabouts, believing that it can tip their hand if said player is already hanging out nearby.
That hasn’t been the case with Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman. Freeman, the 17th overall pick, does not have a deal yet, but talks have been productive and amicable, according to league sources, and the sides feel very good about getting a deal done before the Buccaneers take the field Friday.
And through it all, Freeman has been working out in Tampa, throwing to veteran receivers whenever possible, working out daily. It has not gone unnoticed by Tampa’s brass, and in this case it makes sense for all parties, especially at the QB position — the quicker Freeman gets fully vested in that offense, the better chance he has of playing, and the sooner he plays the more those playing time incentives and escalators kick in.
Quarterback is clearly the most essential position in the game, and exceedingly difficult to learn, and Freeman has taken all the right steps to this point. The organization has enjoyed being able to keep tabs on him, and it’s nothing but positive for his development.