The Josh Freeman Era is over in Tampa Bay.  The Bucs released the embattled quarterback on Thursday.  It ends a controversial reign between the quarterback and the team which turned ugly in recent weeks. 

Freeman was a first round pick of the Bucs back in 2009.  His best season came back in 2010 when he tossed 25 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.  Freeman set team records last season for passing yards and touchdowns but head coach Greg Schiano wasn't sold. 

Freeman was benched after the Patriots game in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.  Then, stories of Freeman's participation in the drug treatment program surfaced.  Freeman's camp accused people inside the organization for leaking that info.  The NFLPA and NFL are investigating.  In the last day or so, more reports surfaced with the Bucs fining Freeman more than $30,000 for missing various team activities. 

The team is responsible for the remaining $6.25-million that Freeman is owed this season.  Freeman becomes a free agent at 4pm Eastern and should attract some interest.  The Raiders, Titans and Vikings are three teams that could have interest.

Bucs GM Mark Dominik released this statement:

"We made the decision to today to release Josh Freeman.  We appreciate his efforts over the past five seasons, but we felt this was in the best interests of both Josh and the Buccaneers."

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