The Buccaneers release quarterback Josh Freeman

The Buccaneers release quarterback Josh Freeman

(WOIO) - After benching quarterback Josh Freeman last week theBuccaneers have released the 2009 first-round pick.

The organization issued a statement on the matter.

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

The Bucs are on the hook for Freeman's full 2013 salary of $8.6 million.

The move isn't unexpected; the two sides have been throwing accusations back and forth in recent days, the most recent coming earlier Thursday when Freeman's agent charged the Buccaneers with leaking confidential information again about his client.

This comes a day after a report that the Buccaneers had fined Freeman twice and were looking to suspend him.

Freeman said last week that he wanted to be traded, and the team was reportedly trying to oblige him.

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