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Josh Freeman says he wants out after benching

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The Buccaneers have moved on from Josh Freeman.

And lest you think he’s going to play along and be nice, he wants to make sure you know he’s ready to move on too.

After not talking to reporters in the Buccaneers’ locker room Thursday, the former starting quarterback told ESPN’s Josina Anderson he’s ready to go elsewhere rather than sit idly by as a backup.

No question,” Freeman replied when asked if it was best for him to move on. “Like I said it’s uncomfortable to say. It might not sit well. It might not feel good, but the bottom line is for me as player I can’t worry about everyone else. I can’t worry about what everybody is doing. I just have to focus on the best situation for me.

“Obviously the head coach 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.”

Asked if he wanted to be traded, he eventually admitted he did.

“It all gets back to this,” Freeman said. “You know I don’t for a number of reasons. But 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.”

Of course, that depends on the Bucs finding someone willing to take on his salary, and giving them something of value for him. They could have gotten something this offseason, but played their cards wrong, and are now faced with a pennies-on-the-dollar return.

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44 Responses to “Josh Freeman says he wants out after benching”
  1. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 27, 2013 8:18 AM

    I’m not sure he’s got the resume to be that pouty.

    The lesson here is, if you don’t want to be benched, don’t be mediocre.

    He’s dreaming if he thinks any team is going to trade for him.
    #notgonnahappen

  2. ampats says: Sep 27, 2013 8:21 AM

    Guess Josh Freeman doesn’t believe there is no I in TEAM

  3. ttommytom says: Sep 27, 2013 8:21 AM

    So the Jets were right about Sanchez vs Freeman. (lesser of 2 evils, in hindsight).

    At least Sanchez is not doing the ME thing.

    Sanchez is going to be a high paid back-up and Freeman is going to be out of the league.

  4. uglyglazers says: Sep 27, 2013 8:26 AM

    Run for your life Josh! Don’t catch a staff infection from the Glazers! Don’t put your toes on that line!

  5. bdluckyshot says: Sep 27, 2013 8:29 AM

    What a train wreck this guy is. Does anyone who watched that interview seriously believe that he’s a leader? Between the guy blowing off his own youth camp, missing the team photo, and his general lack of preparation, who would follow this guy across the street on a green light, let alone into battle?

    This isn’t Schiano’s mess. He’s just stuck with cleaning it up. Thanks, Rah.

  6. dspyank2k11 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:31 AM

    Looks like Timmy Tebow has a Bowling buddy now!

  7. PFT=crap says: Sep 27, 2013 8:40 AM

    Hmm, big salary, lackluster performance, unwilling to put the team needs ahead of personal goals. I’m sure the other 31 franchises will be knocking down the door to trade for this guy…

  8. hanifmiller says: Sep 27, 2013 8:44 AM

    Josh I can assure you–the feeling is mutual

  9. trumb1mj says: Sep 27, 2013 8:47 AM

    This guy will be lucky to hold on as a backup. Seriously, just go away.

  10. thehuckster404 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:51 AM

    Hope you haven’t been getting financial planning advice is from Vince Young. This might be your last rodeo, cowboy.

  11. tannethrill says: Sep 27, 2013 9:02 AM

    4th in 14 or 3rd in 15 should get it done. The problem is finding a team interested in his skillset or salary.

  12. howiefeltersnatch says: Sep 27, 2013 9:02 AM

    Or a nothing on the dollar return.

  13. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 27, 2013 9:05 AM

    I think he’s hurting himself here far worse than he realizes. Needs to take a page from the Alex Smith playbook. Stay humble, say the right things, and let the rest take care of itself. Then again, he should also take a page from Alex Smith’s play book and be a better QB…

  14. lionboy23 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:09 AM

    Wow, what a team player. I understand the QB is the leader on offense, but guys get benched all the time in favor of someone else and they don’t cry publicly about it.

  15. neemdaddy13 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:09 AM

    Not even the Jags want this head case.

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:17 AM

    Dude take the millions they’re paying you to sit on the bench, shut up and be happy. You’ve got it easy now and you’re getting paid a fortune for doing so.

  17. skinsrock says: Sep 27, 2013 9:19 AM

    Look on the bright side… Now, you can be late for meetings & no one will care.

  18. bigzant82 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:20 AM

    cleveland on line 1
    tampa bay we could trade pick for freeman

  19. benjua18 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:23 AM

    Perseverance, thy name is Freeman.

  20. jeagan1999 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:27 AM

    Buc fans would also like Freeman to be traded…then some other team can worry about his low completion %, his 40′someting INT’s since 2011, his 33rd ranked QB rating of 59.3, his 1 and 8 record over the last 9 games, his oversleeping and missing meetings and team photos, and his lack of consistency, instincts and leadership over the last few years! We wish you well Josh, but we’ve already moved on…hopefully you will soon too!

  21. laughingwillow says: Sep 27, 2013 9:27 AM

    Is there a full time gig for Michael Jackson impersonators? Because, news flash, no one will pay the league’s 33rd ranked qb 8 million dollars to stare down one receiver and underthrow him wildly.

  22. jeffsnow7 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:35 AM

    minnesota, jax, clevelandd

  23. sbchampsagain says: Sep 27, 2013 9:39 AM

    Josh is a good QB and doesn’t seem to like to rock the boat, as evidenced with this interview. He seemed hesitant to say he wanted out.
    Shiano, on the other hand, has rubbed me the wrong way since he stepped in the league. Bad on Freeman for missing the team pic. worse on shiano for throwing him under the bus. And what was that blitzing the Vistory Formation stunt he pulls. He wants to do things his way, with no class.

  24. thebluecoconuts says: Sep 27, 2013 9:42 AM

    Come Jaguars, Lets grab him, what could it hurt!

  25. whoisrdymlz says: Sep 27, 2013 9:43 AM

    At this point, barring some injury to a current starter on a team destined to go 7-9 or better, I can’t see any team taking the risk of removing themselves from the Bridgewater/Boyd sweepstakes. Maybe a team that really wants an excuse to draft Clowney.

  26. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 27, 2013 9:52 AM

    Is it me or is this guy just being a big baby? Take the benching like a man and light a fire under yourself to improve. Like Sanchez in New York, he has no trade value with his current cap number unless the Bucs are willing to eat some of it.

  27. bucingnasty says: Sep 27, 2013 9:54 AM

    Whelp…..I couldn’t of been more wrong about Free this year.

  28. TheWizard says: Sep 27, 2013 9:57 AM

    Perhaps not the most team-oriented attitude.

  29. mythaimyke says: Sep 27, 2013 10:10 AM

    Problem is NOBODY wants Y-O-U!!!! Not even for the minimum. What is your next job basket weaving, that you learned in college?

  30. romoscollarbone says: Sep 27, 2013 10:24 AM

    Schiano is a nitwit. The way this whole thing has played out is just dumb. If he was such a terrible player, person, son, nephew, quarterback, why’d you even carry him into the season?

    Glennon has a cannon but he also moves as fast as a cannon. You better hope your oline holds up, or you’ll be telling your D-line to spear the victory formation again.

  31. buccaboo says: Sep 27, 2013 10:26 AM

    Freeman needs to focus on what’s wrong with his game now, rather than what’s going to happen with his future. He is of no use to *any* team the way he has been playing. Nobody wants a QB with a 47% completion stat.

  32. goodguyattorney says: Sep 27, 2013 10:37 AM

    Josh shows his true colors. He knows there is a ME in tEaM, just like there is an I in vIctory, but neither are in lose or loser. Atta boy Josh. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  33. drewsylvania says: Sep 27, 2013 10:39 AM

    Why wouldn’t he want out from Schiano? It’s been clear from Day 1 that Schiano would force Freeman out.

  34. dexterismyhero says: Sep 27, 2013 10:41 AM

    Take your ball also Josh…..what a crybaby….

  35. mikealstott says: Sep 27, 2013 10:42 AM

    Mark Dominik is the worst GM in the NFL.

    1) He chose Freeman as his franchise QB
    2) We only have one corner back worth a hoot
    3) We have no tight ends
    4) We have no slot receiver
    5) Overpriced underperforming Oline
    6) We have no pass rushing DEs
    7) Our depth is horrible across the board 8) His drafts have been lackluster (expect 2012)

    FIRE THE CANNONS… AND FIRE DOMINIK!

  36. carranofa says: Sep 27, 2013 11:18 AM

    Would be shocked if he ends up as anything more than a backup on any other team next year. Could never see wanting him on my team, he doesn’t seem like a team player at all.

  37. dankinator says: Sep 27, 2013 11:27 AM

    Don’t blame him at all. He’s only PART of the problem. The rests is the piss poor coaching and offensive schemes they’re running.

    Pete Prisco wrote a very good article about this yesterday. With no definitive tight end as a safety valve and not intermediate routes and relying on the deep ball all of the time, defenses have easily figured out how to take the passing game away.

    Schiano isn’t cut out for the NFL. Hell, he was barely cut out for college after only having a less than .500 record.

    I don’t see him being with this team either after this year.

  38. clebrowntown says: Sep 27, 2013 11:31 AM

    Josh needs to get his meds adjusted…
    He’s clearly delusional.
    He’s straight out pissing into the wind by running his mouth.

    No way Banner signs Freeman
    He’s too cheap but he’s also too smart to sign a nonperforming headcase like Freeman. Yes…the Richardson trade was a stellar move.

  39. jolink653 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:32 AM

    I think Freeman might just need a change in scenery…we’ve seen him have some success at times, but it’s not gonna happen in Tampa anymore; ship him out and get what you can for him…just gonna be tough since the teams that need a QB (Jacksonville and Cleveland) have their eyes on the draft and won’t need Freeman…maybe in Arizona?

  40. h8glazersgobucs says: Sep 27, 2013 11:36 AM

    “mikealstott says:
    Sep 27, 2013 10:42 AM
    Mark Dominik is the worst GM in the NFL.

    1) He chose Freeman as his franchise QB
    2) We only have one corner back worth a hoot
    3) We have no tight ends
    4) We have no slot receiver
    5) Overpriced underperforming Oline
    6) We have no pass rushing DEs
    7) Our depth is horrible across the board 8) His drafts have been lackluster (expect 2012)

    FIRE THE CANNONS… AND FIRE DOMINIK!

    I agree, except, Glazers’ children make these decisions behind closed doors, so he would just be the one taking the heat for it.

  41. greg285 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:49 AM

    4 TDs and 12 INTs in his last 9 games? That’s all u need 2 know why he was benched!!!!

  42. saints4life57 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:09 PM

    Whatever happens next I’m moving on. I’m going to be excited to go out and make the most of any situation.”

    Ummm the moving on part might be correct but the being excited to go out and make the most of the situation might be a little hard if your going to be sitting on the bench on another team also! I doubt he will get a chance to be a starter again! GL though buddy because your going to need it!

    GO SAINTS!!!!!!

  43. davidschap says: Sep 27, 2013 5:46 PM

    Has this guy watched any of his own film. He is absolutely retched.

  44. madkaw3 says: Sep 28, 2013 11:31 AM

    Freeman has really sucked in play time and his off field antics. Not good for a team. There are other problems than the QB; this will be confirmed or cleared up when Glennon has a few games under his belt. Penalties and confusion have reigned in Tampa this season.

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