Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has seen enough of quarterback Josh Freeman and will make a change.
Schiano has decided to bench Freeman and play rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Bucs have made the move: Benching Josh Freeman for Mike Glennon, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 25, 2013
Schiano’s move is not a surprise.
Freeman has completed 43 of 94 passes for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Freeman has a 59.3 passer rating and Tampa Bay is ranked 31st in points per game (11.3) and passing yards (174.7).
More importantly, Freeman seemingly lost the respect of his teammates and coaches.
Freeman was a captain for three straight seasons, but guard Davin Joseph and Vincent Jackson received the nod this year. That vote showed the majority of Bucs players were no longer convinced Freeman had done enough on and off-the-field to warrant a captain title.
In addition, Schiano recently confirmed Freeman did not attend a team photo shoot and had “been late for things before." Schiano’s willingness to inform media members of what was going on behind the scenes was a clear sign the coach no longer supported Freeman.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport said Tampa Bay is open to trading Freeman - for the right asking price:
Can Josh Freeman be traded now? Sure. Bucs are open to it. But won't give their No. 2 QB away. Traded deadline isn't until Oct. 29
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 25, 2013
Freeman, 25, will earn $8.43 million this year, a price tag that will definitely hurt Tampa Bay during trade negotiations. He is also a free agent after this season, and any team that wants Freeman must believe he could be the long-term solution at quarterback. Considering the quarterback depth in the 2014 NFL draft, there are a lot of factors working against Tampa Bay’s hopes to trade Freeman.
For now, Tampa Bay has traded Freeman's starting job for a bench role.