To say that the relationship between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Josh Freeman is uncomfortable would be a massive understatement.
The quarterback was listed as inactive heading into Week 4 after losing his starting job to rookie Mike Glennon earlier in the week. The benching prompted Freeman to voice his desire to be traded, and the feelings seem to be mutual as the Bucs didn’t give him the warmest of treatments on Sunday afternoon.
While some of the inactives were on the field prior to kickoff, Freeman was nowhere to be seen, and he also wasn’t spotted on the sidelines during the game. Instead, the signal caller was told to watch the game from a suite at Raymond James Stadium, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1.
“With all the happenings of the week, that was the best thing for our team,” Greg Schiano told Pat Yaskinsas of ESPN after the game.
The Bucs head coach said that the decision to keep Freeman off the sidelines was a mutual one, but Freeman’s agent quickly stepped in to say that was a “lie, obviously.”
After five years of being the Buccaneers starting quarterback, Freeman’s days in Tampa Bay could be coming to a quick, awkward end.