Adam Schefter and Ed Werder, both of ESPN, reported this morning that Mike Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been named the starter for the game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The moves comes one week before the team has its bye week. The move, according to the report, is to give the rookie from North Carolina State a chance to start and the team to evaluate his performance over the off week.
The move is also one that has been speculated since the news came out last week that Josh Freeman, the player who Glennon is replacing, allegedly asked to be traded.
Coach Greg Schiano, according to the sources, felt this was a more favorable scenario than having Glennon anticipating his first NFL start for two weeks.
"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 said in the story.
The Buccaneers are off to an 0-3 season and will face the Eagles after the team’s bye week. There is also speculation that the team may trade Freeman to a team that may need a starter or is in the same predicament as the Buccaneers.
Last season, Freeman threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns (he is the franchise's leader in career TD passes with 78). He has two touchdown passes and three interceptions this season.
Freeman has been a sparkplug of controversy since the start of this year’s preseason. He was removed as the team captain prior to the start of the regular season and has been outspoken in the way the team has been run by Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano.
He becomes the third quarterback from this draft class to start this season. Both EJ Manuel of Buffalo and Geno Smith of the Jets have started since week one.