Allen Kim

Buccaneers' Josh Freeman Denies Trade Rumors

Created on Sept. 16, 2013 8:03 AM EST

There have been reports of a “growing disconnect” and “serious tension” between Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano and QB Josh Freeman, according to’s Ian Rapoport. Freeman is also expected to seek a trade from the team in advance of the NFL trade deadline, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

However, Freeman directly addressed and denied the trade rumors swirling around him after the Buccaneers’ loss to the New Orleans Saints.

"No, not at all," Freeman said. "The first I heard of it was literally 10 seconds ago, or right before I walked in here. Without a doubt I am a Buccaneer and am continuing to prepare and try and go out every week and give my team a chance to win the game."

Of course, Freeman wouldn’t be the first player to deny a trade rumor only for it to end up being true.

"If it is going on, I need a new camp then because there is nothing I've heard," Freeman said.

Rookie QB Mike Glennon is allegedly favored by Schiano, and a trade would pave the way for him to get the starting job. Even if Freeman’s upside is limited, there are several teams that could use an upgrade at quarterback. Expect trade rumors surrounding Freeman to ramp up as we approach the trade deadline next month on Oct. 29.

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