NFC South: Greg Schiao

Buccaneers should trade Josh Freeman

September, 25, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Wednesday morning’s news that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to start rookie quarterback Mike Glennon on Sunday against Arizona effectively means Josh Freeman’s tenure is over.

You don’t make a move like that on a temporary basis. You make a move like that only when you’ve firmly decided that a guy who once looked like the franchise quarterback isn’t the answer. Glennon is coach Greg Schiano’s guy and Freeman is not.

The only way Freeman gets his job back is if Glennon gets hurt. Even then, the Bucs might turn to Dan Orlovsky over Freeman, who has been dismal in the first three games. This situation has been simmering for some time and it has become increasingly obvious that Schiano and Freeman aren’t on the same page.

You can choose which side to blame for this disastrous result. I put it more on the coach for trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, instead of letting Freeman play his game. But I think Freeman also deserves some of the blame because his play was so bad.

Freeman’s contract is up at the end of this season and there’s no way he’ll get a new deal in Tampa. The best thing the Bucs can do right now is try to trade Freeman for a draft pick. The Bucs would be doing themselves and Freeman a favor.

It’s the only way to get anything to show for what should have been a franchise quarterback.

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