First-Round QB Picks Who Were Busts

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Josh Freeman

No. 17 overall, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2009

The Bucs' contentious relationship with quarterback Josh Freeman finally came to an end on Thursday morning, when the team released Freeman after trying to trade him for over a week. His career in Tampa Bay had been a roller coaster. In his second season, and his first as a full-time starter, he threw for 25 touchdowns, just six interceptions, 3,451 yards and guided the Bucs to a 10-6 record. That was followed by a 4-12 down year in 2011. But Freeman seemingly regained his mojo in 2012, throwing for more than 4,000 yards, with 27 TDs and 17 interceptions. Yet after a 0-3 start to 2013, coach Greg Schiano (who had reportedly clashed with Freeman before) benched his QB. Freeman is still only 25, so it's possible that he simply needs a change of scenery. The same can't be said for the rest of the guys in this gallery.

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