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As we know in the National Football League, it’s not a far drop from the penthouse to the basement.
It wasn’t long ago that Josh Freeman was regarded as an up-and-coming quarterback in this league. He and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had their high and low points, but there was no disputing his talent or potential.
The 17th overall selection in the 2009 NFL draft played in 10 games as a rookie and threw almost twice as many interceptions (18) as touchdown passes (10). A year later, he impressed everyone with his 25 scores compared to only six interceptions.
The Bucs fell apart after a 4-2 start in 2011 and lost their last 10 games. Freeman was a big part of a team that committed a league-high 40 turnovers that season.
Under new head coach Greg Schiano, the talented signal-caller looked like he had once again turned the corner. In 2012, he threw a career-high 27 touchdown passes and was picked off just 17 times. However, nine of those interceptions came in the final three games, as the Bucs collapsed after a 6-4 start.
In 2013, it was over before it really began. Three games and three losses into the season, Freeman was released by the team ,and all kinds of speculation began. He was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings and made one less-than-scintillating Monday night start for the team before not being heard from again.
With only five NFL seasons under his belt, the question is: Will Freeman be heard from again by anyone anytime soon?