NFL Notes: Bucs release Josh Freeman

NFL Notes: Bucs release Josh Freeman
October 3, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Josh Freeman completed 45.7 percent of his passes through the first three weeks of the season. (USA Today Images)

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released quarterback Josh Freeman, one week after benching the fifth-year pro in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.

Freeman struggled the first three weeks of the season, completing just 45.7 percent of his passes. He's Tampa Bay's career leader in completions and touchdown passes and is second in passing yards.

The Bucs (0-4) released the 25-year-old after contacting every NFL team in an unsuccessful attempt to trade him. The club must pay him the remaining $6.25 million of his salary for this season.

General manager Mark Dominik announced the move Thursday, saying the move was in the best interest of the winless Bucs and Freeman, who threw for 4,065 yards, 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2012.

Jaguars: MJD, Posluszny not for sale
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are not going to trade running back Maurice Jones-Drew or linebacker Paul Posluszny.

General manager Dave Caldwell made it clear Thursday that there is no firesale taking place in Jacksonville, which is 0-4 for the third time in franchise history and has scored a league-low 31 points.

Caldwell's comments came two days after he traded starting left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for two third-day draft picks in 2014.

There had been reports that trading Monroe might be the first step in a series of moves, and Jones-Drew and Posluszny were widely regarded as guys who could be next because they have value. Jones-Drew has rushed for 7,406 yards and 64 touchdowns in eight seasons. Posluszny ranks second in the NFL in tackles with 40.

"They're not going anywhere," Caldwell said. "We feel good about those guys being here, nor do they want to go anywhere. They're part of this team and we're excited about having them a part of this team."

The Jaguars got a fourth- and a fifth-round pick in return for Monroe, the eighth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft. Jacksonville now has 10 picks in 2014.

Patriots: Add Collie, subtract Sudfield
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have placed defensive tackle Vince Wilfork on injured reserve and signed wide receiver Austin Collie.

They also released rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld after he struggled following an impressive preseason.

Wilfork tore his right Achilles tendon in the first quarter of Sunday night's 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The five-time Pro Bowl player has missed just six games in his 10-year career.

Collie spent his four pro seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, but played in just one game last year because of a knee injury. He signed with San Francisco as a free agent Aug. 2 and was released Aug. 31. In 42 games, he has 173 catches for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns. He brings experience to a wide receiver group that includes three rookies, but also has a history of concussions.

Redskins: NY tribe to hold symposium over team name
VERONA, N.Y. -- An Indian tribe from upstate New York that's campaigning against the Washington Redskins' nickname said Thursday it will hold a symposium about the issue at the same Washington hotel where the NFL is holding its fall meeting.

The Oneida Indian Nation's symposium is scheduled for Monday, the day NFL owners start arriving for Tuesday's meeting. Tribal leader Ray Halbritter said the meeting's time and place provide a great opportunity to bring more understanding about the issue of why the Redskins name is considered offensive by many people.

He said NFL officials would be invited to attend.

"When one of the most valuable franchises in the NFL is using a racial epithet, how do you explain that to children?" Halbritter asked. "How do you explain how it makes you feel as a human being?"

There was no immediate comment from the NFL.

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