Josh Freeman has found a new home in the NFL.
The once promising quarterback signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins on Thursday, according to his agent. The Kansas State product has ties to Miami, as general manager Dennis Hickey previously served in the Bucs’ front office from 1996-2013.
A first round pick (17th overall) in 2009, Freeman, 27, started the last nine games of his rookie season, leading the 2009 team to their only three victories including a come-from-behind thriller during his first career start against Green Bay. During his sophomore campaign in 2010 Freeman continued to progress, throwing 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions en route to a remarkable 10-6 season for the young Buccaneers team.
Freeman’s career (and the Bucs) took a rapid fall the following year, as the team finished the 2011 season on a 10-game losing streak; one that saw the young quarterback throw 22 interceptions and a passer rating drop from 95.9 in 2010 to a measly 74.2. The season marked the end for Raheem Morris and company – but it only got worse for Freeman.
The then, fourth-year quarterback, got off to a solid start in 2012 under new head coach Greg Schiano, however, tailed off dramatically towards the end of the season. The struggles carried over into 2013, as Freeman was benched in Week 3 in favor of Mike Glennon after a 23-3 loss at the hands of New England, one that put the Bucs at 0-3 on the year. In his final year with the Bucs, he finished with 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions over three games, and was eventually released then signed by the Vikings.
Freeman’s time in Minnesota was brief following a poor performance on “Monday Night Football”, just days after the Vikings signed him. He subsequently spent the 2014 season out of the NFL after being cut by the New York Giants during preseason.
Freeman had worked out for a number of different teams this offseason. It was only a matter of time before one front office and coaching staff gave the former first-round pick another opportunity. But given all that’s transpired during his roller-coaster of a career, one would have to think that this could be his final shot to prove himself.
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First let me wish Josh Freeman good luck and hopefully success with the Dolphins. But there is a cautionary tale here.
At the end of the 2010 season, I thought and would have bet that the Bucs had found the answer at QB. We are about to put our hopes on another promising QB, be it Winston or Mariota.
Freeman’s saga with the Bucs says you never know. I know you can’t stop looking or trying or you’re dead in this league. Let’s hope Freeman finally gets it right and we finally get the reliable franchise QB we have all been waiting for. But you never know!
I agree with you macbee! I think this would be an unbelieveable sistutation here with the Bucs. With Freeman on board. Then Tampa could possible may be able to get the qb that miami would let go besides freeman. If this may be the case Then Tampa could select the Defensive linemen from usc with pick #1 just like the late Lee Roy Selmon. With the Dl select with the no#1 pick then maybe tampa could get another Qb like Hundley or Bryce Petty. and go from there. Or trade down for mult picks this year as well as mult picks next year.
@macabee I 100% agree with you. Hope him nothing but the best. And pray we finally get our franchise QB
Good luck Freeman! I hope he got over whatever issues he had. Winston reminds me a lot of Freeman, only Winston is more accurate. Personalities are different of course, but personality doesn’t translate to points in the NFL.
I really think Freeman should have gotten a better deal at Tampa. They gave up on this qb.He will probably will explod to success down at Miami.Go Bucs
I agree with pinkstob. But does Mariota have any issuses off the field!
georgehicks, Freeman should have gotten a better deal? Freeman crashed and burned all by his self. Overrated QB that could only start in Tampa.
I agree Kinderrt. But remember he is an ex-buc QB so he may be headed to the HOF in a decade or so. At least he will win a Superbowl:) LOL
Thank you so much for your view point, but I have follow Tampa bay since day one. And I know what are Good QB, or not so good.Thanks for your comment at least some of the fans do agree or not agree any way GO BUCS
76Buc,Yes any x-Buc QB has a chance to win a Super Bowl or enter the HOF the way we change QB’s. It’s about time for the Bucs to land their franchise QB in this draft.
good luck Josh get your sh#t together son.
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