Is Josh Freeman The New Doug Williams?

The Josh Freeman-saga seems to be getting stranger by the minute. But The Shadow League’s Jason Woullard wonders if Tampa Bay isn’t repeating history. He compares the benching of Freeman to Doug Williams’ rocky tenure in the early 80s.

“If you know anything about the history of the Buccaneer franchise, you would understand how significant the impact Williams had. Prior to his arrival the Bucs had an overall record of 7-37 which were the first three years in the team’s history. One would think it would be of the highest importance to lock up the team leader for the long haul by extending him a solid contract offer. However, after Williams led the Bucs to wins in five of their last six regular-season games in 1982 to make the playoffs, owner Hugh Culverhouse refused to re-sign the quarterback over a well-documented contract dispute, to the chagrin of fans and teammates. Williams wanted a $600,000 contract, but Culverhouse would only offer $400,000, and Williams left the Bucs to join the USFL.”

Interesting perspective. If history repeats itself, Freeman just might end up getting the better of this deal.

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