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Josh Freeman welcomes Mike Glennon, is 'fired up' for 2013

Bucs draft pick Mike Glennon isn’t a threat to incumbent starting quarterback Josh Freeman, according to general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano.

Freeman apparently sees things that way, too.

After taking part in a Play 60 fitness event on Tuesday, Freeman said he’s eager to work with the third-round choice from last month’s draft and expressed positives based on his first impressions of the rookie.

“I’ve talked to mike a couple of times on the phone,” Freeman said Tuesday during a visit to Pierce Middle School in Tampa. “I’m definitely excited. I don’t know a whole lot about him, but from what I’ve seen he’s very capable, a tall kid with a strong arm. And from what I’ve gotten to know of him, he’s a good person, too. So I’m definitely excited to work with him.”

The Bucs have, thus far, decided not to extend Freeman’s contract even though he is entering its final season and will become a free agent next spring. Glennon could enter the picture if Freeman either isn’t retained or leaves to play elsewhere. But nothing in Freeman’s reaction indicated that any of that matters to him right now.

Instead, Freeman, who is 6-6, said he was struck by the same thing most are when familiarizing themselves with the 6-7 Glennon: His size.

“I was shocked with how tall this kid actually was,” Freeman said. “But I hear he had a great rookie minicamp. . . I’m looking forward to meeting him in person and spending some time with him personally.”

Freeman then turned his attention to the upcoming season. He’s surrounded by more talent that in any of his four previous seasons, and he shares the excitement that many fans do.

“I’m definitely fired up about this team, top to bottom, all the way around,” Freeman said. “I haven’t had a chance to meet all the rookies and free agents, but the addition of (Darrelle) Revis and (Dashon) Goldson, you can see (something) in those guys just in the way they carry themselves around the locker room. I’m fired up.”


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 3:18pm]


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