ESPN: Buccaneers Bench QB Josh Freeman for Mike Glennon

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Marc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Josh Freeman era appears to be over in Tampa Bay. According to ESPN, Tampa Bay has decided to bench Freeman in favor of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon.

“This league is about finding a franchise quarterback, and with Josh’s roller-coaster career, we don’t feel he’s that guy,” a team source told ESPN.

The team is apparently making the decision now to give Glennon adequate time to learn and develop. After their game on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, they enter their bye week. Head coach Greg Schiano didn’t want Glennon to anticipate his first start for two weeks and overprepare.

After a promising start to his career, Freeman has regressed over the past few years. In three games this season, Freeman is completing just 45.7% of his passes and has a 59.3 quarterback rating. He’s thrown 42 interceptions in his last 34 games.

Meanwhile, Glennon was the team’s third-round pick in the 2013 draft. He was the third quarterback taken in the draft, and will also be the third rookie quarterback to start this season.

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