Josh Freeman released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2013 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter of an NFL football game  in Tampa, Fla.  The Buccaneers have released Freeman, Thursday, Oct. 3. 2013, one week after benching the fifth-year pro in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2013 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers have released Freeman, Thursday, Oct. 3. 2013, one week after benching the fifth-year pro in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released quarterback Josh Freeman, one week after benching the fifth-year pro in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.

Freeman struggled the first three weeks of the season, completing just 45.7 percent of his passes. He’s Tampa Bay’s career leader in completions and touchdown passes and is second in passing yards.

The Bucs (0-4) released the 25-year-old after contacting every NFL team in an unsuccessful attempt to trade him. The club must pay him the remaining $6.25 million of his salary for this season.

General manager Mark Dominik announced the move Thursday, saying the move was in  the best interest of the winless Bucs and Freeman, who threw for 4,065 yards, 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2012.

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