The next time the New Orleans Saints play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they may be facing rookie quarterback Mike Glennon.
According to reports Wednesday, Bucs coach Greg Schiano announced he will start Glennon at home against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and bench quarterback Josh Freeman. Freeman — in the final year of his rookie contract — has completed 43 of 94 passes for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions this season.
Freeman’s 45.7 percent completion rate is lowest among NFL quarterbacks with three starts this year and is part of the reason why Tampa Bay is 0-3 and last in the NFC South, behind undefeated New Orleans, Atlanta (1-2) and Carolina (1-2).
The Saints host Tampa Bay in their last regular-season game on Dec. 29. They beat the Bucs 16-14 in Tampa Bay in Week 2.
Hours before the Saints kicked off against Tampa Bay, a CBSSports.com report surfaced that Freeman would seek a trade from the Bucs prior to the expiration of the Oct. 29 trading deadline. The report said Schiano and Freeman didn’t trust each other, a situation that was exacerbated when Schiano informed the media that Freeman didn’t show up for a team photo because he overslept.
Glennon, out of North Carolina State, was Tampa Bay’s third-round pick in this year’s draft. He was 33-of-70 for 397 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in the preseason.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the Bucs’ move at quarterback, which Schiano later confirmed.
Note: This post has been updated since it was first published.