Josh Freeman says he's focused on trying to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the playoffs, not the big contract he probably will command if he's able to accomplish that mission.
The Bucs have not earned a postseason berth since 2007. Freeman's coming off the most productive season of his career, but remains under pressure to prove he's worth the kind of money it could take to keep the 25-year-old in a Bucs uniform for the long term.
Freeman threw for a club-record 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012, his first season in a system installed by offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.
The quarterback, Sullivan and coach Greg Schiano all agree Freeman's familiarity with the scheme should give him a chance to be even better in the final year of his contract.
''It's the second year in this system. I feel that much more comfortable,'' Freeman said. ''Last year was kind of a whirlwind, trying to pick up things and trying to learn them on the fly. This year I had an entire offseason to kin...