Former quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Josh Freeman signed a one year 3 million dollar deal with the Minnesota Vikings late Sunday night on October 6th.
Two weeks ago Josh Freeman was starting yet another game for the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2009 draft. Freeman, who was a pro- bowl alternate in 2010, was now in a situation where he and new coach Greg Schiano were never on the same page. Most sources claimed that there was a rocky relationship between the two. The 2013 season began with Freeman averaging the worst completion percentage among the league’s starting quarterbacks. By week 4 Freeman was benched in favor of third round rookie Mike Glennon.
Later that week the Buccaneers were looking for trade offers. When they found nothing that enticed them, they cut Freeman. Freeman went through the waiver wire of all the teams and nobody decided to pick up his contract. After that process, Freeman was now a free agent. The Vikings offered him a one year deal and he took it. Freeman will be making a total 11.4 million this year; from the 3 million the Vikings will give him and a combination of the buyout and the previous contract from the Buccaneers.
Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier has not decided whether or not Freeman will be starting for the Vikings anytime soon. The Vikings are a playoff team from a year ago, but have gotten off to a slow 1 and 3 start. Christian Ponder who has struggled, started the first three games of the season with an 0 and 3 record. Ponder would later on fracture his ribs so backup quarterback Matt Cassel started and led them to a win in week 4. The quarterback that’ll start coming out of the bye week going into week six has not been determined. Ponders health is still in question and Cassel played well in week 4. It will be interesting to see who the quarterback is going forward.