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Josh Freeman released by Buccaneers

October 03, 2013|By Sam Farmer
  • Josh Freeman was drafted in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.
Josh Freeman was drafted in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in… (Daniel Wallace / MCT )

Embattled quarterback Josh Freeman has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to multiple reports.

The development comes after Tampa Bay spent several days trying to trade him but evidently couldn't find a taker. In cutting 2009 first-round pick, the Buccaneers are on the hook for $6 million in remaining salary.

Freeman, the No. 17 pick, reportedly was fined by the team twice in the last month for conduct detrimental to the team. Previously, he had been stripped of his team captain designation and missed the team picture because he overslept.

According to an ESPN report, Freeman is in Phase 1 of the league's drug program. The quarterback subsequently issued a statement saying he suffers from ADHD, for which he is prescribed Adderall. He said he made a one-time mistake by taking Ritalin and had agreed to take frequent drug tests to prove he was clean.

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