Josh Freeman had yet to speak with any members of the media since he was benched by the Buccaneers until Thursday, when he spoke with Josina Anderson of ESPN.
In a preview of an interview which will air on Sunday, Freeman admitted that “there was talk of that before all of this,” when asked about requesting a trade. He told Josina that players don’t have much say in a trade, and that he would continue to work to do the best he can as a second-string QB.
Freeman didn’t directly say “I previously requested a trade,” but ESPN also didn’t air the entire interview.
Either way, the information we can glean from this first portion of the conversation shows that Freeman isn’t upset with the Buccaneers, but that he did want to be moved on via trade before he was benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.
There have been sourceless rumors and speculations that Freeman has previously requested a trade, including a question during a press conference with Greg Schiano where a reporter implied a trade request had occurred previously. This interview with Freeman seems to confirm those suspicions, but it’s still unclear.
Freeman clearly would like to move on and get a chance to start, but he seemed to handle the situation reasonably in the portions of the interview we were shown during Thursday evening’s SportsCenter.