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Josh Freeman to Bucs: Trade me

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman reacts to

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman reacts to a dropped pass by tight end Timothy Wright in the end zone during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (Sept. 22, 2013) Credit: MCT

Josh Freeman wants out of Tampa Bay.

Benched after an 0-3 start, the former first-round pick now wants to be traded.

“Bottom line is, if you want things to change, something has got to change,” Freeman told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. "At the end of the day, yes, I think that moving forward that might be, that is going to be probably the best option.”

Whether or not Freeman is traded remains to be seen. He will collect more than $6 million in salary for the rest of the season, and his original rookie contract is up after this year. That means any team trading for him will either sign him to an extension (highly unlikely) or have him for the rest of the season with no assurances he’ll be around next year.

Translation: Giving up draft choice compensation for a player who will be with your team for no more than 13 games makes a trade remote. Only if a team is desperate because of quarterback injuries would Freeman be a likely candidate for a deal.

Teams may also shy away from dealing for Freeman based on his me-first attitude, which is one of the reasons second-year head coach Greg Schiano gave Freeman the hook and replaced him with rookie Mike Glennon, Tampa’s third-round pick this year.

“The bottom line is for me as player I can't worry about everyone else,” Freeman told Anderson. “I can't worry about what everybody is doing. I just have to focus on the best situation for me. Obviously the head coach has come out and said that this isn't the place for me to be a starting quarterback. He doesn't think that I give this team the best chance to win. I don't agree but at the same time I'm the player and he's the coach. Whatever happens next I'm moving on. I'm going to be excited to go out and make the most of any situation.”

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