The Josh Freeman era as the starting quarterback is finally over where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently stand. The Buccaneers have benched Freeman in favor of their rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who they selected this year in the third round of the NFL draft.
The Buccaneers are currently 0-3, and are seeking a quick turnaround to their season with Glennon — hopefully for their sake — being the face of it. With so many conflicts on the team over the last couple of weeks, namely with cornerback Darrelle Revis having issues with head coach Greg Schiano and Freeman reportedly wanting to be traded, something was going to have to give between those two situations. Freeman’s situation did just that. In the case of Revis and Schiano, they seem to have resolved their issues, and it was in their best interest to sort it out as the Buccaneers gave up a first round draft pick to trade for Revis after all.
At the end of the day in the case of Freeman, he just wasn’t Schiano’s guy. Schiano didn’t draft him, so in the best interest of Schiano he needs to sink or swim with Glennon who was drafted under his watch. In this day and age where young quarterbacks start off their careers early, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to give Glennon a shot.
Freeman just wasn’t cutting it.In three games this season, Freeman had 571 yards passing to go along with two touchdowns and three interceptions with a quarterback rating of 59.3. The Buccaneers may try and trade Freeman who is in the last year of his contract, but I can’t think of any team that will give up much or even a late draft pick for him.
For both sides it would be best if the Buccaneers just cut Freeman and move on. If the dislike between Freeman and Schiano is truly there, things can only get worse between the two from here on out.
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