Source: Josh Freeman seeking trade

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 Updated Sep 25, 2013 6:05 PM ET
Josh Freeman is seeking a trade, a source close to the situation told on Wednesday, just hours after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback was demoted to the backup role behind rookie Mike Glennon.



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 No official communication has been made to or from Freeman, the source said, but the request to engage in talks is expected to come soon.

Specifics on other teams and interest levels were not clear, but the fifth-year veteran would likely be a good fit with a couple of teams in need of help at the position, including the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings.

Freeman earned Pro Bowl status in 2010 when he played under Greg Olson, currently the Raiders offensive coordinator, in Tampa Bay from 2009-11. Freeman enjoyed his best seasons with Olson and would likely be a seamless fit in that offense.

The Vikings have quarterback issues of their own. Former first-round pick Christian Ponder has been a disappointment since being selected in 2011. Freeman would be an upgrade. The Vikings, however, currently don’t have the cap space to acquire him, so he would likely not be the only piece in the trade.



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 It’s been a rough season for Freeman. He was dissed by a quarterback legend. His relationship with head coach Greg Schiano reportedly splintered in recent months. Another report said he missed a team photo earlier this month. And he was also stripped of his duties as team captain before the season. Trade rumors had already been swirling around Freeman, and Wednesday’s decision by Buccaneers brass was the final straw, the source said.

The Buccaneers made a long-term decision by making Glennon the starting quarterback in Week 4’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Glennon, who was selected in the third round of April’s draft, will have a bye week to evaluate his preparation and play heading into a Week 6 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The league’s trade deadline is Oct. 29.

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14 Responses to “Source: Josh Freeman seeking trade”

  1. jason says:

    Swore i’d never do this but due to recent crap i told you glennon was to come. Thought it’d be later this year but it’s this week. it wasn’t gonna be any signing of tebow.
    Tim may get a shot next preseason but this year its pretty much dead. Start the whine CK, J-A- is listening.

    • Sage says:

      Of course. Every hypothesis must be tested and disproved before Tebow gets on. That Glennon is a 3rd round stud, for sure, and it just wouldn’t be right for him not to take is rightful place in front of a legend who has been eminantly successful.

      • ck says:

        Sage: You are cracking me up…STOP IT…JUST KIDDING!

      • tawk2 says:

        Amen Sage! I get so tired of all this, you cracked me up as well! It’s funny how so many of the great qb’s are stinking it up right now, but not much being said by the press about them, only excuses defending each of them.

        So tired of all the double standards when it comes to Tebow. I guess Tampa wants to stink it up more before they even think about Tebow.

        I heard Tim is working back at the academy in Florida again not far from Tampa.

  2. Andrea says:

    I always hate to be Debby Downer – but doesn’t Fran Tarkenton have a 0-4 record in the Super Bowl’s he was in?


    Buzzy Says: Ill Have to remember that Debby

    • tawk2 says:

      Me too Shaztah, how funny having to bribe fans with free beer to come to a Jags game, lol.

      • ck says:

        tawk2: Like what Tisa said about it and sad to say, it’s true! No Tebow equals no sales! Might take them awhile to get that message as they are so sloooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

  3. bigfan says:

    The best and the biggest EGOS!! Remember this there are no such thing as “Brilliant” people only “Moments of Brilliance”!!

    If I was an owner I would listen to my intuition… after all I got here through the dint of hard work…and make sure I had the right people in the right places to make MY organization as successful as it possibly can be. If my gut was telling me it’s time to make some steps in another direction what am I waiting for???

    • ck says:

      Bigfan: Sure makes one wonder about that brilliant brain trust called the NFL…probably why they have all the brain injuries that they have had to litigate in that dept.; unfortunately, that IS the truth!

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