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.