Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) sets to throw during the second half of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers’ Josh Freeman denies requesting trade


Early Sunday amidst reports of tension between Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and quarterback Josh Freeman was a report that the quarterback had asked for a trade. After the game, Freeman was quick to deny the reports.

“No, not at all,” Freeman said after the game, via NFL.com. “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.”

For head coach Schiano’s part, he said Freeman would start in Week 3 when asked.

“I see no reason why he shouldn’t be.”

“I’m going to have to look at the tape to see what’s going on,” Schiano said. “It’s just not the quarterback. It’s squarely on me. I’m the head football coach, and when we’re not doing things offensively that we’re capable of doing — mostly in the pass game. … We have to look at what we’re doing coaching-wise, what we’re doing execution-wise, and, again, it falls on me. It doesn’t fall on anybody else.”

Either way the Buccaneers need to figure something out or they’re headed to a rough season, which is already off to a dismal 4-2 start.

Tags: Greg Schiano Josh Freeman Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Underdog_Lefty

    Hey Mike, it would be nice if one sports writer out there would be the first to put an end to all the soap opera allegations about Schiano not wanting Freeman as his QB and more recently Freeman wanting to be traded and instead write about Buccaneers’ football. As your title says, Freeman denies it and I saw his post game interview and I believe him. Could you please be that one writer to call for a “cease-fire” on the Buccaneers’ version of Days of Our Lives? It’s getting real old and the credibility of sports writing continues to take a hit with unsubstantiated rumors.

  • Centrale

    As far as I can see, all of these rumors of drama are coming from two blogs and a whole lot of unnamed sources. Really shoddy reporting.