There’s no stopping the sound and fury surrounding Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman. Entering the final season of his five-year contract — with plans for an extension apparently not imminent — the debate over Freeman still rages.

Can he become an elite player? Will the Bucs start over with someone else?

Sound familiar?

It should.

Since their 1976 expansion season no other franchise has made more premium attempts to secure a long-term quarterback. The Bucs have four times utilized a first-round draft selection for the next savior. Twice more they shipped away a No. 1 pick to secure a veteran.

In all that time — even with free agent Brad Johnson who led the Bucs to a championship in Super Bowl XXXVII — no quarterback ever made it to a second contract with Tampa Bay.

Not one.

Bucs quarterbacks have made four Pro Bowl appearances in 37 seasons. Only five other NFL franchises had fewer during that time span (and two were expansion teams). Making matters worse there’s a history of quarterbacks flourishing once they leave the Bucs.

“For a lot of those years with the Bucs’ organization you were dealing with a personnel department that had no idea what personnel was all about’’ said former Bucs quarterback Doug Williams who left Tampa Bay in 1983 after failing to get a new contract even after leading three playoff teams in four seasons. “It was about saving money. I don’t think they ever knew what they really had until it was gone.’’

Williams (Redskins) and Steve Young (49ers) became Most Valuable Players at the Super Bowl. One season after the Bucs chose to not renew his contract Trent Dilfer helped the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl title … at Raymond James Stadium.

Vinny Testaverde whose Bucs tenure included the modern NFL record with 35 interceptions in one season paced the New York Jets to an AFC championship game completing 61.5 percent of his passes with 29 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Chris Chandler who lost all six of his starts with Tampa Bay led the Atlanta Falcons to a 14-2 mark and an NFC title.

“All of that is … interesting’’ said former Bucs coach Tony Dungy who won a Super Bowl title with the Indianapolis Colts and is now an analyst with NBC Sports. “I don’t know that the Bucs have ever had a quarterback who wasn’t the subject of debate. It’s not like the Colts where you get Peyton Manning and plug him in for 15 years.