NFL Insider: Charean Williams’ five cents

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1The Tampa Bay Bucs hope to trade Josh Freeman before the Oct. 29 deadline, but his contract makes that highly unlikely. Freeman, who has four touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his past six games dating to last season, is owed $6.44 million for the rest of this season. He becomes a free agent in the off-season.

2Rumors persist that the Cleveland Browns are shopping receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little in hopes of trading one of them. The Browns continue to deny it. Gordon, a second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown last week in his first game. But he faces a yearlong suspension if he violates the NFL’s substance-abuse policy again.

3Matt Schaub appears at a career crossroads. He is 4-5 in his past nine starts and has been intercepted four times this season, with two returned for touchdowns. The Houston Texans signed him to a four-year, $62 million deal a year ago and owe him $10 million in base salary and $1 million in roster bonuses next season. But for a team that started the season openly talking about the Super Bowl, 2014 might be time to make a move to Case Keenum if Schaub can’t get it done this year.

4Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick, has struggled mightily, giving up three sacks and drawing three flags, including two holds. Fellow rookie offensive linemen Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson and D.J. Fluker haven’t fared much better.

5Tom Brady ranks 33rd in yards per attempt at 5.5. His top three targets — Julian Edelman (7.4), Aaron Dobson (10.8) and Kenbrell Thompkins (10.4) — all are averaging fewer than 11 yards per reception.

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