Josh Freeman “Admits” He Requested a Trade Prior to His Benching in Interview with ESPN

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

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.

Topics: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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  • eye for an eye

    Come on you ***** Viking’s get this guy. I tell you what if they don’t more fans gonna explode. I don’t care what it take to get him just do it like Nike no excuses Frazier and AP should be irate if they don’t pull the trigger fire ******.

    • Robert

      You don’t want him. He makes poor decisions, not accurate, tends to drift mentally, no pocket presence, and not a leader I could go on and on. Hell even the players want a change. Not to mention loves to party instead of putting extra time in to be better. Bad pick by Raheem Morris “Rah” former Bucs coach.

      • eye for an eye

        All that might be true but sometimes a change can be all a player need. He throws more touchdowns than interception and he is far better than what we have. All Minnesota needs is a guy that can throw touchdowns in the red zone,he can do that and by the sound of it somebody didn’t want him to succeed.

  • Robert

    This guy is a joke and cancer get him out of the locker room.

  • Shannon

    I’ve hated Freeman every sincehe cut his Afro.

  • Jim

    Freeman has the wrong coach, as do the Bucs.

    • Karen Melanson Hartman

      Yes you are correct sir

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