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Friday, September 27, 2013
Bucs' Josh Freeman talks trade

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, who lost his starting job to rookie Mike Glennon on Wednesday, says a trade is "probably the best option" for him.

In an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson on Thursday, Freeman discussed his benching and whether he wants out of Tampa.

"You know, I don't for a number of reasons," he said. "But the bottom line is, if you want things to change, something has got to change. At the end of the day, yes, I think that moving forward, that might be, that is going to be probably the best option."

There are five weeks until the trade deadline. If a team loses a starting quarterback and has interest in Freeman, the Bucs would be willing to trade him, ESPN NFL Insiders Adam Schefter and Ed Werder reported this week. Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik told USA Today this week that the Bucs hadn't been contacted by any teams seeking a trade for Freeman.

"The bottom line is for me as [a] player, I can't worry about everyone else," Freeman said Thursday. "I can't worry about what everybody is doing. I just have to focus on the best situation for me. ...

"Obviously the head coach [Greg Schiano] has come out and said that this isn't the place for me to be a starting quarterback. He doesn't think that I give this team the best chance to win. I don't agree, but at the same time, I'm the player and he's the coach. Whatever happens next, I'm moving on. I'm going to be excited to go out and make the most of any situation."

Freeman, who completed less than 50 percent of his passes during the Bucs' 0-3 start, was not elected a team captain this season despite being one the previous three years. He is the franchise leader in touchdown passes with 80 but has only two TD passes to three interceptions this season. A first-round draft choice in 2009 (he was taken 17th overall), Freeman is in the final season of his rookie contract.

Agent Erik Burkhardt said Thursday that, under the right circumstances, he and Freeman would consider restructuring the final year of the player's deal.

Tampa Bay drafted Glennon in the third round (73rd overall) in April. He was the third quarterback taken and will become the third rookie to start a game at the position this season, joining the Buffalo Bills' EJ Manuel and the New York Jets' Geno Smith, the two quarterbacks picked before him.

ESPN's Josina Anderson and ESPN NFL Insiders Adam Schefter and Ed Werder contributed to this report.