(NEW YORK) — The Josh Freeman era is over in Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers have released the embattled quarterback.
After benching him earlier in the season and unable to find a trade partner, the team decided to move on from the player they selcted 17th overall in the 2009 draft.
Freeman was in the final year of his deal, and reportedly never saw eye-to-eye with head coach Greg Schiano.
“We made the decision today to release Josh Freeman. We appreciate his efforts over the past five seasons, but we felt that this was the best interests of both Josh and the Buccaneers,” Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement.
It was just a few years ago taht Freeman was considered among the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.
In 2010, he threw 25 touchdowns compared to just six interceptions. But in recent seasons, his touchdowns have gone down while his interceptions have gone up.
He was recently benched in favor of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon.
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