Josh Freeman (2009-2013)
Oh, what could have been. At number five it’s number five, Josh Freeman. During the 2010 season, the Buccaneers finished 10-6 under second-year head coach Raheem Morris who found himself under immense pressure replacing Jon Gruden. His second-year quarterback was Freeman who was looking every bit like the player fans thought he could be when Morris and company made him the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Bucs missed out on the playoffs thanks to a tie-breaker with the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, which means the NFL world could have been a whole lot different had Freeman won just one more game. (The “What-If’s” keep coming so we’re all winners with this). Then the wheels fell off. The team roof caved in on the team the next year and Morris was fired.
Enter Greg Schiano.
To say the Freeman-Schiano partnership was a roller coaster would be the understatement of the century. There was some alleged locker room and off-the-field shenanigans from both parties, which resulted in an ugly on-the-field product. Thus ended a once-promising career in Tampa Bay.
Amazingly, Freeman’s 14,820 yards were second all-time in the team’s history while his 80 touchdowns were good enough for the all-time lead after his unceremonious exit from the Bucs. Given that this is the Bucs, his resume is good enough for a top-five spot on this list.