Everyone knows how silly things can get in the offseason with nothing really to report and writers trying to whip up stories out of thin air (gotta get those pageviews dontcha know). Well bye weeks sometimes can get just as silly, as evidenced by this column from ESPN1500.com senior editor Derek Wetmore.
Here is the gist of Wetmore’s piece: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have for some reason grown frustrated with Josh Freeman, a quarterback who was once highly regarded. It is widely believed that the Bucs would like to get rid of Freeman and start afresh at the QB position, but for various reasons the Bucs will almost certainly not be able to trade Freeman. This leaves the Bucs with only one option if they wish to move on from Freeman: cut him outright.
This is where Wetmore goes silly in the head. He throws out the idea that, if the Buccaneers dump Freeman, the Vikings should look into picking him up. Wetmore writes:
So I pose a question to you, Vikings fans.
If he’s let go, would you want to see the Vikings sign the estranged signal caller?
Alternatives include sticking with the Christian Ponder-Matt Cassel arrangement, drafting a quarterback in 2014 (Teddy Bridgewater? Brent Hundley? Tajh Boyd?), or hoping a free agent like Jay Cutler hits the open market this offseason.
I pose another question to you Viking fans: should Derek Wetmore be flogged, waterboarded or run over with a tank?
Leave aside the fact that Wetmore’s piece is an obvious attempt at stirring up crap during a boring bye week. Just look at the notion on the face of it. Hey I’ve got an idea: We have two mediocre QBs we can’t choose between; let’s bring in a third and really make a clusterbleep out of this!
To be fair, Freeman probably does have at least a tad more upside right now than either Ponder or Cassel. At least he has shown enough tantalizing flashes in the past to provide that “what if” factor fans are always looking for. But realistically? Freeman hasn’t been that great. And any time players suddenly become headaches for the coaches and front office – Percy Harvin anyone? – there’s probably a good reason. And that reason is that they are flat-out jerks.
So my answer to Mr. Wetmore is, no thank you. Let’s play it out with Ponder as the starter once he’s healthy and then reassess our options at the end of the season. Chasing other people’s cast-off QBs is a Viking habit that really needs to stop.