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NFL notebook: Buccaneers release benched QB Freeman

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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 9:21 p.m.

Quarterback Josh Freeman was released by the Buccaneers on Thursday, a week after being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.

The winless Bucs made the latest move during their bye week after general manager Mark Dominik contacted every other team in the NFL in an unsuccessful attempt to trade Freeman, a 4,000-yard passer a year ago and the team's career leader with 1,144 completions and 80 touchdowns.

Coach Greg Schiano benched Freeman after the 25-year-old completed just 45.7 percent of his passes and posted a league-low quarterback rating of 59.3 through three games, all losses.

“We appreciate his efforts over the past five seasons, but we felt this was in the best interests of both Josh and the Buccaneers,” Dominik said a 33-word statement.

The release caps a tumultuous month in which Freeman overslept before missing a team photo shoot, was not voted a captain for time since his rookie year, and reportedly missed at least one other team meeting.

Surgery for Colts RB?

Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw is considering season-ending neck surgery, though the severity of his injury remains unclear.

The Indianapolis Star cited a source that said there is “a level of concern surgery might be required” for Bradshaw, who has been out since he was injury Sept. 22 at San Francisco.

Pats sign WR Collie

The Patriots placed defensive tackle Vince Wilfork on injured reserve and signed wide receiver Austin Collie.

They also released rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld after he struggled following an impressive preseason.

Sudfeld's release might indicate Rob Gronkowski (forearm/back) will play for the first time this season Sunday against the Bengals. Patriots tight ends have just four catches this season.

Hefty price for new seats

Getting into the Vikings' glitzy new stadium will come at a high cost for some fans: an average of $2,500 for the right to buy a season ticket in the new building.

The ticket licenses cover three-quarters of the building's 65,000 seats, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority revealed.

GM: No firesale for Jags

The Jaguars are not trading running back Maurice Jones-Drew or linebacker Paul Posluszny.

General manager Dave Caldwell, speaking for the first time since trading starting left tackle Eugene Monroe to Baltimore, says there is no firesale taking place in Jacksonville.

He says Jones-Drew and Posluszny, a former Penn State and Hopewell star, are “not going anywhere. ... They're part of this team and we're excited about having them a part of this team.”

Around the league

Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews, who left the Packers loss to the Bengals two weeks ago with a hamstring injury, plans on playing Sunday against the Lions in a key early-season NFC North game. … Former CFL receiver Chris Williams signed a contract with the Saints, his agent said. … The Seahawks are considering adding 2,000-3,000 seats at CenturyLink Field for the 2014 season, reported. … The start time for Houston's Week 7 game at Kansas City has been moved from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. ... The Saints' Jimmy Graham was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month, becoming the first tight end to win the honor in either conference since the NFL began the handing out the award in 1986.

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