The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the middle of rebuilding their franchise and quarterback Josh Freeman is a big piece to that puzzle. However, he may be hanging on with the organization by his last few threads.
Freeman was drafted by the Buccaneers in the first round of the 2009 draft and has played fairly well up to this point in his career.
In 2010, Freeman led the Bucs to an impressive 10-6 season during his first year as the full time starter, but he struggled last year as Tampa Bay fell to 4-12.
The Buccaneers hoped that they had found their franchise quarterback that would lead the team to multiple championships over more than a decade as a star in Tampa Bay.
Freeman may still develop into that type of player, but he will need to do so quickly. If he does not show improvements in the next year or so, then the Buccaneers' organization may decide to move on without him.
Tampa Bay definitely still believes that Freeman can be their quarterback, but it is up to him to prove that in 2012. If he doesn't then he could be looking for a new job.
Let's take a look at four reasons why Josh Freeman is hanging on by a thread.