Josh Freeman Reaches Out To Mike Glennon

May 2nd, 2013

If Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman senses someone breathing on his back or pressure from the Bucs drafting a quarterback in the third round, he sure isn’t acting like it.

New Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon met the Tampa Bay pen and mic club today, and the North Carolina State product noted — and praised — Freeman for not only getting in touch with him in the hours after Glennon was drafted, but the two talked and Freeman couldn’t have been more of a consummate teammate and professional, so Glennon said.

“I texted both Josh and Dan [Orlovsky] after the draft and Josh was nice enough to reach out and actually call me,” Glennon said. “It was great to hear from him. He said he was excited to have me here and that the quarterbacks are a tight group and he looks forward to me joining the family.

“It was really encouraging talking to him.”

Joe sincerely thinks this is fantastic. One thing that concerned Joe was Freeman potentially turning frosty or reacting poorly to the pressure of a QB that could ice him out.

It appears Freeman took the opposite approach. A professional approach. A class teammate approach.

Bravo, Josh.

48 Responses to “Josh Freeman Reaches Out To Mike Glennon”

  1. Gus Says:

    This is why I want Freeman to succeed. Class act and works hard. I hope it all comes together for him this year

  2. bucfanjeff Says:

    All the talk of Josh feeling pressure and what not is media hype.

    Ever since Freeman arrived in Tampa he’s had a surfer dude, laid back type personality. Additionally his work ethic and professionalism have been first class.

    He and Glennon will both be here for several years, assuming Glennon has what it takes.

    No way is Josh not here next year….media hype.

  3. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    I am glad that Josh isn’t crying about this. Great job Josh!

    It appears only a CERTAIN TYPE of fan is crying about the Glennon pick now.

  4. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Despite some suggesting that Freeman is a slacker & has some attitude problems, I have never seen him display anything but professionalism. Obviously he is human, but he also knows that there is a need for quality backup. After all, didn’t the Giants just draft a QB? NE drafterd backup for Brady and Philadelphia also sprung for one.
    At least we were smart enough to draft a backup with similar talents and one who should do well in our system.
    Josh should rise to the occaision in 2013!!!

  5. Couch Fan Says:

    No way is Josh not here next year….media hype.


    I’m pullin for the guy because our team needs it but another losing season and theres no way Freeman will be here next year… THAT is not media hype.

  6. PRBucFan Says:

    He better of taken it the right way, for his sake.

    I like “The quarterbacks are a tight group”

    Lol All two of em 😉

  7. BuccFanInHawkeyeCountry Says:

    There’s Actually more than 2. U got Freeman, Orvlosky, Glennon and Adam Weber.. Missin anybody?

  8. BamBamBuc Says:

    #238: What “type” of fan might that be? The type that really thinks we could have used the 3rd round pick on better, more immediate impact talent? The type that has no problem with us improving our backup QB spot, but thinks we could have done that in the 4th or 5th round? That would be me. Guess I’m that “certain type” of fan. Understand, the issue is not with Glennon personally. If we had taken him in the 4th or 5th, I’d have been much more ok with the pick (assuming he was still there, which I have no idea if he would have or not). If he wasn’t there and we took a different QB in the 4th or 5th, I would have been ok with that too. It’s WHERE we took him that I have issues with. He may play and be BETTER than a 3rd round pick on the field, that would be fine with me. There were many options I was looking at in the 3rd and backup QB was not one of them. As the season goes on, I’ll watch Glennon and the other players I was interested in at that pick and see how they all do. I love football, love watching all the games, and will happily look over all the players performances to see how all are doing. I certainly hope Gholston is better than Damontre Moore, because that’s who I think we should have taken in the 3rd. I’ll keep an eye on Franklin in Green Bay, because I thought he would be an excellent 4th round pick for us (although I think we really did want him and GB moved ahead of us, watch the draft and you’ll notice our pick took a really long time, as if “our guy” was snagged away). If we couldn’t get Franklin, a backup QB would have been fine with our 2nd 4th. I really like the Spence pick, no problem with that. James is fine, assuming we lost out on Franklin because GB moved up. All will be told in the upcoming seasons. Some will be right, some will be wrong, but that’s what people love about football. Prognosticating about what will happen before it happens.

  9. PRBucFan Says:

    I was being facetious.. Lol

  10. Bucking_Nuts Says:

    Bravo indeed. I really hope Freeman can put together a decent year in 2013, because he’s one of the few Bucs QB’s I’ve actually come to like. The guy works hard and is a consummate professional on and off the field. Another losing season will probably see him replaced, and I’d hate to see that happen.

  11. JTBUC55 Says:

    That’s a leader

  12. karl Says:

    Would you shut up with the pressure talk because we drafted a QB in the 3rd rd.Why make something out of nothing…..geeeeeesh! It gets old…article after article of false crap.

  13. karl Says:

    I didnt send that my idiot friend did,Sorry

  14. JeffNYC Says:

    I think every Bucs fan is pulling for Josh, and not because of our feelings for Glennon one way or the other, we just all know what Freeman’s capable of when he plays to his abilities. All of his mistakes are fixable once you harness his talent. Best case scenario is that he succeeds and Glennon becomes are killer backup and potential trade bait down the road (something Dan Orlovsky, God bless him, or any other retread backup out there could never be). 100% behind what the Bucs are doing at QB.

  15. Nate Says:

    START GLENNON Signs will be in the stadium half way through the season..

  16. Macabee Says:

    Only reasonable thing to do. Glennon is a team mate and should be well received by everybody. And it’s what I would expect of Freeman. Say what you will about his play, he has always been a stand up guy.

    In other news, the Bucs are now down to the 90 man roster limit imposed by the NFL. Through cuts and a retirement, 5 players are no longer Bucs. There are several players joining the Bucs this weekend as trying out for player contracts. It will be difficult because from this point forward, for each player signed, there must be a player cut.

  17. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Freeman’s a great kid. Very classy move by the young man. I have all the faith, that our TEAM will make the playoffs this year. Hopefully Josh can help bring the young man up 2 speed with the playbook. So that Glennon can ease into, his back-up role more smoothly.

    Go Bucs!!!

  18. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Yeah, heard last years late round pick TE Drake Dunsmore retired. I pray that it wasn’t behind any serious health issues. Had high hopes for the young man, wish him all the best either way.

  19. bucbucbuc Says:


    Did you see the front page of CBSSports? Prisco has a feature on the Buc’s qb situation….would love to get your thoughts

  20. MR.T Says:

    That was a class move by Freeman. It will be interesting to watch how all this unfolds as time goes on.

  21. Macabee Says:

    Make that two retirements, Dunsmore and PK Kaeding.

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Do you have a good resource for possible June 1st cuts? I’ve heard CB Carlos Rogers could be one; along with WR/KR Devin Hester.

  23. Macabee Says:


    Can’t vouch for this as it’s the first one I’ve seen, but they do agree on Hester. Your review!

  24. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Thank you Sir!

  25. Pete 422 Says:

    A second year in this offense, Freeman will be fine. At least 10-6 this year.

  26. Mike J Says:

    This is a ”welcome here, but I will show I am the Alpha Male of this particular herd” response by Josh, which is exactly what Schiano & Dom wanted.

  27. BullDog Says:

    I agree with BamBam. Just a desire to see the 3rd round pick have a higher chance of contributing this year. Especially with all the “win now ” talk.

  28. Dan Says:

    I have a feeling if Josh leaves the Buc’s he will have a Steve Young type career for many years to come

  29. Mike J Says:

    Dan , that scares me also.

  30. Anzac Buc Says:

    @pete 422, I couldn’t agree more. Free will be fine with a healthy offensive line and the entire team having an actual pre season and knowing the offensive. With a vastly improved defence the bucs are destined for the playoffs for sure

  31. Matthew Says:

    Wow! There are still people on here crying about a “3rd round pick”; please go look up all the 3rd round picks who don’t even make teams, then go look up the last 10 years of Buc’s 3rd rounders (2 out of 10 contributed none of them were pro-bowlers). People on here keep pretending like we passed on some STUD DT; it’s the freaking 3rd round in a ridiculously shallow draft pool. Some ppl on these boards I swear would cry if they found a twenty dollar bill in their pocket because it “coulda” been a fifty!

  32. andres Says:

    After this year we’ll have all but forgotten this non-QB battle. This is Josh’s year to shine.

  33. Raphael Says:

    Glennon is not a threat to josh…no way no how…..if you read that somewhere it is just the media hype.

  34. Andrew 1 Says:

    he must not feel threatened by Glennon. in any case, that was a nice gesture by Freeman.

  35. Pete 422 Says:

    I agree with Dan. Freeman has all the talent, ability & intelligents to be a very productive QB. As he gains more experience, he will become a top flight QB. Last year, the Bucs set franchise records for yards and points. Hang on to him.

  36. Firethecannons Says:

    Myron lewis was a third round pick..

  37. Oingo Boingo Says:

    Glennon reached out to Freeman. Freeman responded.
    That’s a minimal response. Much ado about zilch.

  38. grif4foozball Says:

    LOL,Ihave a feeling ur right Nate!

  39. 4everBucsFan Says:

    I don’t think any of us could have expected anything less. It has never been a question of Josh’s character.

  40. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    The one threatened by Glennon’s presence is the one that did not call him. And for those hoping he “get’s a chance to contribute” this year…think that statement thru. Josh would either have to play horribly for a lomg stretch, or get injured.

    I don’t have a problem taking a QB…even in the third round. I have a problem with taking one to be a backup when there are quality players left that can fill starting roles. To me, that just continued the trend of bad 3rd round choices.

  41. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    As to the Prisco article, he made some good points, but it is all based on the comments of one media guy saying his unnamed sources tell him Josh isn’t liked by Schiano.

    The simple truth is this…starting QBs are mostly playing through their first contract these days before getting extensions. The Bucs are handling it no different than any other team does. Media hype says controversy, not common sense.

    Not only will Josh Freeman NOT be leaving the Bucs after this year, he will make his naysayers eat crow.

    But even if the Bucs go 10-6 and still don’t make the playoffs, so long as Freeman plays well he will get his extension. Contrary to what some Bucs fans are saying, playoffs are not a must for Freeman. Consistency is.

    It takes an entire team to make or miss the playoffs. Josh Freeman just needs to make sure he is not the reason they miss the playoffs and he’ll get the extension.

  42. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “Takes an entire team to make the playoffs” I meant to say.

  43. stevek Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai,

    IMO, I don’t see this team going 10-6 and NOT making the playoffs.

    Freeman needs to find a way to lead us into the playoffs.

  44. Bobby Says:

    Taking a QB in the third round was actually a brilliant move. If you actually thought it through instead of reacting to the pick like a typcal arm chair GM you would realize that. Glennon has all the tools to be a starter in this league. IF Freeman doesn’t pan out we don’t have to use a 1st round pick next year on a QB and we have a QB with a year of experience in the system ready to plug in. Personally, I think Freeman will be just fine but the Glennon pick was terrific. Ask Harbaugh if he regrets picking up a QB by the name of Kaepernick in the SECOND round even though they had Alex Smith. Man that was stupid wasn’t it??! This is why good GM’s get paid and you get to whine for free.

  45. JJ1977 Says:

    Mike Glennon will be the starter in 2014!!

  46. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Bobby, Glennon is nowhere near the level of talent that Freeman is. He’s less accurate, less mobile…shoot, he is a lesser version of Freeman. If Josh does poorly this year the Bucs will draft another QB in the first round next year.

    Glennon will most likely be a career backup and nothing more (opinion). He was drafted BECAUSE his playing style is similar to Josh’s style. That way if Josh gets injured it’s easier to make adjustments.

    Stevek, I said that because I think 3 of 4 teams in our division will have winning records, possibly going 10-6 for two of them. The Falcons, I really hate to say, are on the cusp of being a championship team (I hate the Falcons!). The Saints made some great moves this off season and will likely return to high quality status.

    So I foresee a shootout in the NFC South this year. Especially with every team in the division taking steps to upgrade their secondary.

  47. Dreambig Says:

    Freeman will be fine. Not sure about Glennon, if he is going to survive in the NFL, he better stop making panicked throws from his back foot when getting pressured. There is some good YouTube footage out there of some real boneheaded interceptions he made from doing that. Spence looks like he has potential but Gholston, man I can’t see that one at all. Seems to be regularly dominated by college level O lineman. But then again, I guess that’s why I am not paid to evaluate football talent.

  48. BirdDoggers Says:

    Freeman showed his maturity and class. I would expect nothing less from him. He’s been a pro since arriving in Tampa. He knows he has to perform but he’s not letting the arrival of Glennon get under his skin. I think Freeman will continue to work hard and be the leader. He should do fine this season.