Josh Freeman will not be the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday, and the Buccaneers reportedly may make Freeman inactive for the game as well, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
To add to the bizarreness of the awkward breakup, Josh Freeman souvenir cup day is scheduled for the game against the Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium.
As of Saturday’s college football game between the Miami Hurricanes and South Florida Bulls, which was played at Raymond James Stadium, advertisements of the Josh Freeman cup were still attached to most beer stations around the stadium.
There is no word on whether the Bucs plan to change the promotion.
On Wednesday, the Buccaneers announced the benching of Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. After the benching, Freeman used an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson (via inflexwetrust.com) to request a trade, much to the chagrin of the Buccaneers.
Responding to Anderson's question on whether he wants to be traded, Freeman said, "At the end of the day, yes. I think that, moving forward, that might be—that is going to be probably the best option."
The Freeman cup is part of a season-long promotion with a different player featured on a cup for each home game. The order of the featured players and dates for each cup were determined prior to the season.