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Carson Palmer: Tampa Bay Buccaneers pursued me

In hindsight, Josh Freeman never had a chance to stick as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback when coach Greg Schiano suggested after last season that there would be competition at the position in 2013.

The Bucs went on to court veteran options such as Carson Palmer, Matt Cassel, Chase Daniel and Drew Stanton.

In fact, Palmer revealed Wednesday that the team had his agent's phone ringing off the hook before the April trade that sent him to Arizona.

"My agent said that Tampa had been contacting him a lot," Palmer said, via the Buccaneers' official website. "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."

It's telling that the Buccaneers' website ran the interview on the same day that Freeman was removed in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.

The fractured relationship between coach and quarterback led Freeman's camp to the offseason belief that just about everyone at One Buc Place was on board with the incumbent -- with the lone exception of Schiano.

The schism between the two only has grown since then.

Schiano wanted his own man under center. Now he's going with a hand-picked third-round draft pick. For the sake of Schiano's job security, Glennon better help pull the Bucs out of their 0-3 tailspin.

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