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BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
In an exclusive interview to be played in full on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown program, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman tells ESPN's Josina Anderson that a trade would be the best option for him moving forward.
"I don't for a number of reasons but bottom line is if you want things to change something has to change" Freeman told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "At the end of the day, yes. I think that moving forward that is going to be the best option."
Freeman was benched by the Buccaneers on Wednesday morning in favor of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. Head coach Greg Schiano said that he and general manager Mark Dominik agreed that going with the rookie QB gave the 0-3 Buccaneers the best chance to win moving forward. Freeman not mentioning Schiano by name disagreed with the decision by the Buccaneers.
"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. And I don't agree but at the same time I'm a player, he's the coach" said Freeman.
Freeman said he's planning on moving on and making the most of the situation with the Buccaneers.
Freeman, drafted by the Bucs in the first round of the 2009 draft, is in the final season of his rookie contract. The Buccaneers have said they were in no hurry to extend the deal. Last season, Freeman threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns. He has two touchdown passes and three interceptions this season.
Since his 10-6 season in 2010, Freeman is 11-23 (.324) as a starter.
To see the clip aired on Thursday evening's telecast of SportsCenter, click here. To see the full interview, tune into ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown on Sunday morning beginning at 9am eastern time.