Bucs stop starting Josh Freeman at QB

It looks to be all over for QB Josh Freeman in Tampa as the Buccaneers have named rookie Mike...

It looks to be all over for QB Josh Freeman in Tampa as the Buccaneers have named rookie Mike Glennon as the new starter. Freeman could be cut or, more likely, traded. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:22 PM ET

On Monday, Josh Freeman got a pat on the back and was told he’d remain Tampa’s No. 1 quarterback.

“Josh is our starter,” head coach Greg Schiano said.

Forty-eight hours later, Freeman got a figurative slap in the face and was told he’d been tossed into the quarterback bargain bin.

Not sure what that makes Schiano, but the Bucs’ decision to insert rookie Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback in Sunday’s game against Arizona, makes Freeman trade bait.

So, another presumed franchise quarterback has bitten the dust.

Schiano and Freeman have had a bumptious relationship. There has been speculation since the summer workouts that he wanted to move away from Freeman, who is in the final year of his rookie deal.

Speculation ramped up when Schiano tried — and failed — to trade for Carson Palmer, then made Glennon the third quarterback selected in the draft behind EJ Manuel and Geno Smith.


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