With reports that Tampa is benching Josh Freeman effective immediately, the question might as well be raised: should the Jaguars trade for him? And if so, what should they trade?
What is clear about the Tampa situation is that Freeman could no longer coexist with head coach Greg Schiano. Those things happen when new coaches come in. Recall that former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio benched Mark Brunell at his first opportunity, went with Leftwich, and never looked back.
Freeman is in the last year of his rookie deal. He has motivation to show and prove somewhere this year for obvious reasons: his next contract will be the one that secures his financial future.
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley says all the right things about Blaine Gabbert, but when a starting quarterback comes available for what will be a fire sale price, why not at least take a look? A late round draft pick likely would be enough to secure an audition.
This franchise needs to stop pretending that Blaine Gabbert is a franchise quarterback. The fans don't buy it, and won't, pending him winning multiple games in a row. Seems simple enough for a top 10 pick, but as I type it, it sounds utterly implausible.
An alternative take here from Alfie Crow at Big Cat Country: