Josh Freeman says Buccaneers explored trade before benching

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has acknowledged his new reality since being benched and replaced by Mike Glennon.

It's time for him to be traded for a change of scenery and fresh start.

Freeman told ESPN a trade is his “best option.”

“I don't for a number of reasons but the bottom line is if you want things to change something has to change,'' Freeman said. “At the end of the day, yes, I think that moving forward that is going to be the best option.''

Coach Greg Schiano said that his decision was based on Freeman's performance for the winless Buccaneers.

“The head coach has come out and said that this isn't the best place for me to be a starting quarterback,'' Freeman said. “He doesn't think I give this team the best chance to win. And I don't agree but at the same time I'm a player, he's a coach.''

Freeman disclosed the organization explored a trade before he was benched.

“Well, there's been a lot of talk of this,'' Freeman said. “There was talk of this before there was talk of this, if that makes sense. You know, I don't know how this thing is going to end up. And what a lot of people don't understand about this is as a player, you don't have a lot of say in a trade.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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