3. Josh Freeman
Now here is a player that didn’t leave Tampa Bay on great terms, but he did have some success while he was here.
Josh Freeman was the 17th pick of the draft in 2009, the same class that gave us Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez. After a rookie season that saw Freeman start nine games, he showed ability in the second year, leading the Bucs to ten wins. He completed 61% of his passes and threw for 25 touchdowns versus only six interceptions. The Bucs thought they had the quarterback of the future.
He had an off-year in 2011, but things got better in 2012, with 27 touchdowns versus 17 interceptions. In 2013, Freeman missed the team photo and he wasn’t named a team captain. Tempers flared on both sides of this coin and Freeman was released after unsuccessful trade attempts.
Even though it ended badly, Freeman’s 13,534 passing yards are good for second in team history, and his 80 touchdowns are the best in team history.