Josh Freeman: Super Bowl LII MVP?

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Josh Freeman: Super Bowl LII MVP?
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday that maligned quarterback Josh Freeman would be benched in favor of Mike Glennon, a rookie out of NC State, for this Sunday’s home game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Winless and struggling for offense at 0-3, The Bucs could easily be 2-1 had it not been for heartbreaking losses in their first two games to the Jets and Saints by a combined three points.

Now, according to USA Today, the Bucs are willing to hear offers for Freeman, who will become a free agent after this season.

All Freeman has to do now is start prepping for the Super Bowl.

Going back to the early 1980s, a divorce from the Buccaneers has spelled fame and fortune for a handful of quarterbacks.

Following the 1982 season, quarterback Doug Williams had a contract dispute and decided to go to the USFL. Williams returned to the NFL in 1986 as a backup to Jay Schroeder with the Washington Redskins. Schroeder would be continuously injured, allowing Williams a chance to shine.

Shine he did in the next season as Williams rode a hot streak all the way to a victory in Super Bowl XXII, earning the Super Bowl MVP that year.

After amassing a 2-14 record with the Buccaneers between ’85 and ’86, Steve Young was traded away to the San Francisco ‘49ers for two draft picks and cash in order to make way for No. 1 pick Vinnie Testaverde.

Young would go on to become the understudy to Joe Montana, and is considered one of the great quarterbacks in NFL history. Young won two NFL MVP awards and led a decimation of the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX as the game’s MVP.

In 1990, the Buccaneers traded a No. 1 pick to the Indianapolis Colts for quarterback Chris Chandler.

Chandler was primarily a backup to Testaverde and put together a dismal 0-6 record when starting in games. The Bucs cut Chandler with three games left in the 1991 season, giving Chandler journeyman status.

Chandler would finally find success with the Atlanta Falcons, which signed him in 1997. Chandler led the high-octane offense of the 1998 Falcons to Super Bowl XXXIII. While the Falcons fell to John Elway’s Denver Broncos, Chandler still enjoyed an incredibly successful campaign.

Trent Dilfer was the quarterback who Bucs fans loved to hate. Dilfer was successful with the Buccaneers and even got the 1997 Bucs to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years and earned himself a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Bucs fans rode the wave of Dilfer, but interception problems soured the relationship.

In 1999, after a collar bone injury ended his season after game 10, the Bucs bid adieu to Dilfer. The next spring, Dilfer signed with the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens were a defensive juggernaut, giving Dilfer the interesting position of not having to win games, but rather play mistake free and not lose any games.

The defense took care of Dilfer to the tune of a victory in Super Bowl XXXV, and to Dilfer’s credit, he played relatively mistake free, which is no easy task.

To make the victory that much sweeter, Dilfer’s Super Bowl victory occurred in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, where Dilfer finally heard a crowd cheer him, rather than jeer him.

None of this means that Freeman will be successful wherever he lands. However, Tampa Bay submitted a bid to host Super Bowl LII in 2018, this past August. Given the trend, you might want to call your bookie as soon as Freeman signs with another team and place an early bet for that team to go to the 2018 Super Bowl.

Unless it’s the Jets; then all bets are off.

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