Benched Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman wants to be traded or released as soon as possible, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.
The 25-year-old, who was removed from the starting role in favor of rookie third-round pick Mike Glennon this week, was inactive for Tampa Bay's game against the Arizona Cardinals and reportedly watched the game from a suite at Raymond James Stadium.
Teams around the league have begun evaluating Freeman, a free agent after this season, as a possible trade option, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported. The Minnesota Vikings could be one of the teams interested, according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.
“His time there is over,” Glazer said on the FOX NFL Sunday show. “I spoke to Josh this morning and he’s already asked for a trade and Josh told me also, if they don’t want to do that, he wants his release. He just knows that he and [Greg Schiano] are not going to be able to come back and have a happy marriage. He says it’s just better for everybody that I just move on so I’m not a distraction.”
Freeman, the 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft, completed just 45.7 percent of his passes while going 0-3 in the first three games of 2013. He owns a 24-35 record in the NFL, with 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions.FARRAR: The All-22: Tampa Bay must diversify schemes for quarterback success