Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has played down speculation he is set to ditch Josh Freeman, reiterating his belief that the 2009 NFL Draft pick is the franchise's long-term answer at quarterback.
The 25-year-old's future in Florida has been the subject of intense interest in recent weeks, after the Bucs selected Mike Glennon in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft this year.
However, Schiano has moved to publicly back Freeman during the offseason, saying he has been impressed with his overall progress, and anticipates no quarterback battle by the time it comes to training camp.
"I believe in competition, and Mike Glennon is going to be a tremendous quarterback in his time," Schiano told 'NFL Total Access'. "But we have a quarterback, it's Josh Freeman.
"He had a really good spring. I think it's really coming together, being in this system for a second year now and hearing the things over again after being able to study it, I'm really encouraged.
"I know Mike Sullivan, our offensive coordinator, he's encouraged. We're looking forward to big things. Josh is going to have a big year."
Freeman is entering the final 12 months of his $26million five-year rookie contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and will be hoping to lead the franchise into play-off contention by delivering more consistent performances next season.
His career to-date has been plagued by inconsistency, throwing a franchise record 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012, off the back of a comparatively modest 16 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions the previous year.