Josh Freeman is officially a Buccaneer. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced early today the signing of the former Kansas State quarterback to a five-year contract.
Terms of the deal were not released by the club but ESPN reported that the deal was for $36 million and included $10.245 million in guarantees.
The most important guarantee centers around Freeman, who can now take part in camp workouts from the very beginning.
The Bucs have expressed a desire to keep Freeman on the bench this year, but he could challenge Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich for the starter's job should he progress quickly.
The Buccaneers have now signed their entire 2009 draft class as they prepare for players to report to camp today. Tampa Bay's 2009 training camp begins Saturday with a morning practice at One Buccaneer Place followed by a night practice at Raymond James Stadium.
Freeman was chosen in the first round (17th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Kansas State. Freeman, who entered the draft after his junior season, is the first Kansas State quarterback ever drafted in the first round and just the fifth Wildcat overall to be selected in the first round.
His 8,078 yards passing at Kansas State shattered the previous school career-record of 6,208 yards by Lynn Dickey from 1968-70. Freeman also broke Dickey's old KSU all-time mark of 501 with 680 pass completions, and his 1,151 pass attempts surpassed Dickey's previous record of 994 attempts.
Freeman posted a career passing efficiency rating of 124.74, seventh-best in school history, and threw for 44 touchdowns, setting a new KSU career record. He also ran for 20 touchdowns, which tied for ninth in school history. His career pass completion percentage of 59.0% is tops in school history. Freeman also became the first player in school annals to register over 3,000 yards in total offense twice in a career with 3,313 yards in 2007 and 3,349 in 2008.