Time to move on from distractions

TAMPA, Fla. -- In just a little bit, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will practice for the first time since having four days off for the bye.

More importantly, the team will be operating without a major distraction for the first time in recent memory. Josh Freeman, who opened the season as the starting quarterback and lost that job after three weeks, is gone. Freeman was released Thursday and signed by Minnesota on Sunday.

The Freeman saga was a huge distraction with a steady stream of reports about him missing team photos and being late for team meetings. The Bucs did their best to say it wasn’t a distraction, but the fact was that it was a soap opera. It no longer matters if you blame Freeman or coach Greg Schiano (they both deserve some blame) for the fiasco.

It’s time for the Bucs to move on. They’re 0-4 and they’re going to have to move forward with rookie Mike Glennon as their quarterback. Glennon might not be as talented as Freeman, but he doesn’t come with any distractions.