by Cesar Tordesillas
Tampa Bay, FL
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have named rookie Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback in place of Josh Freeman.
The team selected the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Glennon in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2013 draft out of NC State and are hoping he could be the franchise quarterback they are looking for.
They are also willing to trade Freeman, who completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes during a 0-3 start and are coming off an embarrassing 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots.
"The main thing for us was the performance of the team the last nine games was 1-8 and that's tough," said Bucs GM Mark Dominik about Freeman. "We felt like we'd seen enough of what we needed to see."
Freeman, a team captain the previous three seasons, was not elected as one this year. He was drafted by the Bucs in the first round of the 2009 draft and is in the final season of his rookie contract. The team has said it is in no hurry to extend the deal.
Last season, Freeman threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns. He is the franchise's leader in career TD passes with 78. He has two touchdown passes and three interceptions this season.
Other teams were inquiring about Freeman over summer as coach Greg Schiano never endorsed Freeman as a starter.