Carson Palmer says Bucs were calling his agent 'a lot' in offseason

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

On Wednesday morning Greg Schiano shoved his chips in on rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, giving him the starting nod over Josh Freeman in Week 3 against the Cardinals (and, basically, forever). This had been coming for a while.

That was made even more clear when Carson Palmer, speaking on a conference call in advance of Buccaneers-Cards, said that Tampa was calling his agent "a lot" this past offseason.

"My agent had said that Tampa had been contacting him a lot," Palmer said. "I would have been very excited to be there. Their organization has a lot of good players across the board, but like I said, I'm excited and happy to be where I am. I'm excited about our future."

(Quick aside: these quotes are awkwardly featured on Buccaneers.com, because Freeman, insult, injury, etc.)

Palmer was under contract in Oakland but with Reggie McKenzie setting fire to the roster he was very much expendable. The Raiders shipped him off to Arizona for pennies on the dollar. Palmer clearly wasn't happy in Oakland -- even though they gave up two pricey draft picks for him -- and the Raiders felt they could just go forward with Matt Flynn.

Tampa, like Arizona, obviously was involved in some of the trade talks and believed that Palmer had something left in the tank. Otherwise they wouldn't have blown up his agent's phone.

It's interesting, then, that Palmer ended up going to Arizona instead. At just the price of a seventh-round pick, you'd think that he would've had his choice of where to go.

Regardless, it never happened -- although it obviously shows just how badly Tampa's wanted to move on from Freeman as their quarterback -- and now Schiano's made the boldest move of his regime.

"We felt at this time that Mike Glennon gives us the best chance to win and that's why we did it," Schiano said Wednesday.

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