Josh Freeman insists he doesn't feel any added pressure to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the playoffs.
The 25-year-old is entering the final season of the contract he signed as the third quarterback selected in the 2009 NFL draft behind Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez.
He became the first 4,000-yard passer in franchise history last season, however his inconsistency also contributed to a poor stretch run that kept the Bucs out of the postseason for the fifth straight year.
''Every year you go in with the same goal,'' Freeman said. ''I think every team in this league is trying to figure out a way to go to the Super Bowl and hopefully win the Super Bowl.''
The reality is that despite upgrading a porous defense that nearly set a league record for yards allowed passing by trading for cornerback Darrelle Revis and signing safety Dashon Goldson in free agency, Freeman's play figures to be the key to Tampa Bay flourishing in the quarterback-driven NFC South.
The Bucs dropped five ...