Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have benched quarterback Josh Freeman and replaced him with rookie Mike Glennon.
The move Wednesday came two days after coach Greg Schiano insisted Freeman remained the starter because he gave the team the best chance to win.
The fifth-year pro, once touted by general manager Mark Dominik as a franchise quarterback, has thrown for four TDs vs. 12 interceptions in the last six games.
The switch caps a tumultuous month in which Freeman missed a team photo shoot on Labor Day, was not voted a team captain for the first time in three years and refuted reports that he was seeking a trade. Throw in his quarterback rating and completion percentage, plus a couple of last-second losses in games in which he and the offense did not perform well, and he's back on the bench.
And, perhaps headed out of Tampa Bay, with the trade deadline being five weeks away.
Josh Freeman sat down with Josina Anderson of ESPN and discussed being benched and whether or not he wants a trade. Watch part of the interview below: