Could Josh Freeman join the Packers?

Jay Sorgi and the Associated Press

Green Bay Packers' Cullen Jenkins bats a pass from Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Josh Freeman in the 1st qaurter at Raymond James Stadium, Sunday November 8, 2009. BENNY SIEU/BSIEU@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Photo: Image by Benny Sieu

Could Josh Freeman join the Packers?

By Jay Sorgi and the Associated Press. CREATED Oct 3, 2013

According to a writer with NFL.com, a quarterback just released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could potentially find himself with the Green Bay Packers.

The Buccaneers let go of Josh Freeman on Thursday, one week after benching the fifth-year pro in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.

NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling says that the Packers are among his top 2 possible places to land.

"Coach Mike McCarthy has been looking for Aaron Rodgers' backup since Flynn flew the coop after the 2011 season," wrote Wesseling.

McCarthy's running backs coach is Alex Van Pelt, the QB coach for Tampa Bay in 2010-11.

Van Pelt told ESPN's Rob Demovsky when asked if Freeman could be a starter in the NFL, "no doubt."

A.J. Hawk talked on NFL Network Thursday about Freeman and the events that happened in Tampa.

"When something like that happens with Freeman in Tampa, there's a lot more that we don't know behind the scenes...with the 24-hour news cycle, it's all going to come out," said Hawk.  However, he added "The future could still be bright for him."

Freeman was the quarterback when the Packers went down to Tampa and lost in 2009.

"We went down there and they beat us," said Hawk about Freeman's three-touchdown-pass performance.

"He looked really good.  He has all the tools."

Hawk didn't address the idea of Freeman joining the Packers, but in general, he said "(Teams) love young guys in this league.  A 25-year old with all that talent, someone's going to put him...on a great career path."

Freeman struggled the first three weeks of the season, completing just 45.7 percent of his passes. He's Tampa Bay's career leader in completions and touchdown passes and is second in passing yards.

The Bucs (0-4) released the 25-year-old after contacting every NFL team in an unsuccessful attempt to trade him. The club must pay him the remaining $6.25 million of his salary for this season.

General manager Mark Dominik announced the move Thursday, saying the move was in the best interest of the winless Bucs and Freeman, who threw for 4,065 yards, 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2012.

The Packers went through a carousel of backups themselves this preseason, and

currently have Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien as their backups

.