TAMPA – Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman decided not to remain silent about his benching after all on Thursday.
Shortly after declining an interview request from local reporters, Freeman spoke exclusively to ESPN but revealed little about his opinion of the move or plans for the future.
“The situation is pretty standard,” Freeman said of the change. “A lot of it has just been, asking me if I’m OK, but I can’t really say that it’s my job to try to sway votes for who thinks I should start and who doesn’t. My new job, new role with the team is to be the second-string quarterback.”
When asked if he wanted or planned to ask for a trade, Freeman said he has heard reports that he might want to leave the Bucs but he did not say whether he intended to seek a trade.
“There was talk of (a trade) before this, but I don’t know how this thing is going to end up, and what a lot of people don’t understand is that as a player you don’t really have much say in a trade,” Freeman said. “All I know is I’m just going to continue to work. That’s all I can do.”
ESPN said more of the interview with Freeman will air Sunday.