The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have beached starting quaterback Josh Freeman for rookie third-round pick Mike Glennon, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Ed Werder.
The team decided this would be the best week for Glennon to start because the Bucs (0-3) have a bye week coming after Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. He will have two weeks to work with the coaches on correcting his mistakes before the Bucs play the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 31.
“This league is about finding a franchise quarterback, and with Josh’s roller-coaster career, we don’t feel he’s that guy,” an ESPN team source said.
On Monday, coach Greg Schiano said Freeman was his starter, a day after the quarterback went 19 0f 41 for 236 yards with no touchdowns and one interception against the New England Patriots.
“Josh [Freeman] is our starter,” said Schiano on Monday. “He’s done some good things and he’s done some things that he’d like to change and we’d like to. But it’s the whole offensive unit – we need to be more precise. We need to coach more precisely; it’s everybody involved.”
Freeman is in the final year of his rookie contract. He was the team’s top pick in 2009.
Tampa Bay selected Glennon, a 6-foot-7 rookie from N.C. State ,in the third round of the 2013 draft.