Entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback Josh Freeman shrugged off suggestions he feels additional pressure to perform.


In his first public remarks since the conclusion of a 7-9 season, Freeman praised Tampa Bay’s trade for Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis and acknowledged there were times he tried to do too much under center as the Bucs faded down the stretch.


“It doesn’t change anything for me,’’ Freeman said Tuesday, referring to his contract status. “Worrying about external forces won’t help you play better. Talking to different guys, it’s all set up to be a high-stress situation. But, honestly, I know that’s stuff I can’t control right now.


“What I can control is my day-to-day process. I give it all I’ve got, regardless. I love my teammates, I love football and I love winning.’’


Freeman set a franchise record by throwing for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns as the Bucs finished ninth in total offense. But Freeman also threw nine of his 17 interceptions in the final three games. Tampa Bay won only once in the final six weeks to land in the NFC South basement.


The Bucs finished last in the league in pass defense and yielded an average of 27 points per game during the late-season tailspin.


Coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik both have suggested Freeman might have forced some passes down the stretch while Tampa Bay’s defense was struggling.