By: Justin Pawlowski

Tampa (CBS Radio) – In a season where most Buccaneers fans are wondering what the future is at quarterback, a former Buccaneer legend unleashes a harsh reality about the Bucs’ incumbent starter.

Josh Freeman enters his 5th season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 4th as the starting quarterback.  The front office and coaching staff have been waiting for Freeman to improve.

Freeman’s stats look impressive to the average fan. He threw for 10 more touchdowns than interceptions in 2012, along with throwing for more than 4,000 yards, but it was the amount of mistakes made by Freeman that has many people scratching their heads.

Former Buccaneer Ronde Barber joined Fox Sports this year after playing with Freeman for the past 4 years.  Barber might have taken us behind the scenes of what some or most of Freeman’s teammates might be thinking.

“If they get away from Doug Martin, they don’t have the offense they’re anticipating having this year,” Barber said during halftime of the Bucs’ 25-21 preseason loss to the New England Patriots. “Because Josh Freeman can’t carry it by himself. We all know that. He’s prone to mistakes. Doug Martin, he’s the guy that puts the team on your back and you run with him.”

One thing Bucs coach Greg Schiano will not tolerate is turnovers by his starting quarterback.  While at Rutgers, Schiano constantly changed his starting quarterback, going with three different true freshmen quarterbacks in three consecutive seasons.

Josh Freeman is in the final year of his rookie quarterback with Mike Glennon right behind him.

Bucs GM Mark Dominik has said multiple times that the Buccaneers are in no hurry to extend Freeman’s contract.

While most fans wonder what the future will be for the Bucs at quarterback, the next question should be how short of a leash the Bucs might have on Freeman this season.  If the Buccaneers decide that Freeman will not be resigned after the season is complete, Glennon will immediately become the team’s starting quarterback.

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