Buccaneers rookie quarterback Josh Freeman hopes to compete for a starting job in training camp. The 2009 first-round draft pick put himself in better position to do that Friday, inking his rookie deal with Tampa Bay.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, Freeman did sign a five-year contract with the Bucs.
Freeman, 21, was the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and the first quarterback the Bucs selected in the first round of the draft since taking Trent Dilfer in 1994.
Despite leaving college after his junior season, Freeman is Kansas State's all-time leading passer with 8,078 yards (59 percent) and 44 touchdowns passes with 34 interceptions.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Freeman has some mobility as well, evidenced by his 404 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in 2008.
The Bucs do not plan to start Freeman during the 2009 regular season, but the team hasn't ruled it out, either. He will compete with Luke McCown, Byron Leftwich and Josh Johnson in training camp, which the team reports to today.