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Josh Freeman Benched In Favor Of Mike Glennon

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The Josh Freeman era has come unceremoniously to an end in Tampa Bay. Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano has benched Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Glennon, who was selected in the third round out of North Carolina State, will now be thrust into the spotlight. Schiano is likely going to have to live with the growing pains the rookie is inevitably going to face now that the team has moved on from Freeman.

This move should come as slightly surprising considering Schiano voiced his support for Freeman as the team’s starting quarterback two days ago. However, with the tension that’s been rumored between the two for some time now, it could have just been a smokescreen deployed by Schiano.

The Buccaneers are 0-3, and their offense has stalled on numerous occasions with Freeman behind center.  He sports a 45.7 percent completion percentage, and he’s only thrown for two touchdowns compared to three interceptions.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Buccaneers start to field calls or even shop Freeman around. He’s in the last year of his deal, and there’s little reason to believe that he’ll take another snap under center for Tampa Bay. There are a number of teams that could certainly use a boost behind center, and Freeman can certainly provide an upgrade to teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars or Oakland Raiders.