Not long ago, Josh Freeman appeared to be one of the bright young quarterbacks in the NFL.
Then came his release from the Bucs in 2013 after a public spat with then coach Greg Schiano, a Monday night meltdown with the Vikings and a year away from the game.
Freeman, only 27, will get at least one more shot to resurrect his career after signing a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. Agent Erik Burkhardt confirmed the deal on Twitter.
Freeman will be reunited with Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey, who was tthe Bucs' director of player personnel and the team's college scouting director when the Kansas State star become the 17th overall selection of the 2009 NFL draft.
Freeman burst onto the scene in his second season under coach Raheem Morris wiith Tampa Bay, throwing 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions to lead the Bucs to a 10-6 record in 2010. The Bucs slumped to 4-12 in 2011, losing their final 10 games and leading to Morris' firing.
In his first year under Schiano, Freeman set club records for passing yards (4,065) and touchdowns (27). But following an 0-3 start with the Bucs in 2013, Freeman was benched and eventually released. He played one game for the Vikings but was inactive the rest of the season.
Freeman spent a year out of the NFL after he was cut by the New York Giants in the off-season.