December 16, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 41-0. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Freeman Could Have a New Team By Sunday Night. Will it Be the Vikings?

It doesn’t happen very often that an above-average starting quarterback becomes available as a free agent in the middle of the season, but that’s exactly what has taken place this year with Josh Freeman. The Bucs’ release of Freeman kicked off an understandable feeding frenzy of speculation in markets where quarterback is perceived as an issue, including Minnesota where many fans are unhappy with the current options.

According to a new PFT report, fans pining for Freeman as a quick-fix option for their perceived quarterback woes may not have to wait much longer to find out where the QB ends up. A league source says Freeman could have a new team as early as Sunday night, though as of now no one has any clue which team that might be. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Denver’s not in the running.

Despite the presence of two perfectly viable – if not exactly brilliant – quarterbacks on the roster, many Viking fans are holding out hope that Freeman will end up in purple. How realistic is this prospect? Apparently there is plenty of interest on Freeman’s end. I seriously doubt that there is any interest on the Vikings’ end but you never know. Maybe Rick Spielman has grown tired of the Christian Ponder project and is ready to move onto something new and potentially slightly more exciting.

Either way, it appears we will know by Sunday evening which team has won the Freeman sweepstakes.

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  • Berdj Rassam

    Am I the only one who thinks Freeman is overrated – “above average” come one he had 1 good season out of 5 or 6 seasons.

    • Kyle Belland

      His OC was calling for deep shots diwn the field constantly, instead of the high oercenrage throws in a west coast ofdwnse where he could thrive. Freeman could succeed in Musgrave’s offense if he had a chance to learn it.

    • Wayne Davis

      If 4,000+ yd 27td vs 11int from last year is overrated (an this was a bad year) then your probably alone in that thought…personally I think he’d work well also giving the talent (AD,Jennings,Patterson,Rudolph)

      • Kyle Belland

        Agreed. Freeman would have a chance to make this offense one to be reckoned with. There’s too much talent in this offense that Feeeman could utilize a lot better than Ponder could and I am almost willing to bet money on Freeman’s completion percentage going up another 10-12% in Bill Musgrave’s offense.

      • Berdj Rassam

        Wayne – I get your underlying sentiment that the Vikings need an upgrade at QB and you feel it could be Freeman. But you are overstating Freeman’s performance. For example, last year he had 27 TDs and 17 (not 11) INTs, not to mention 10 Fumbles (of which 2 were lost). And he completed around 54% of his passes – that is not in the upper tier of QBs, or even close for that matter. With the exception of 2010, all his other years in the NFL he had more INTs than TDs.

        • Wayne Davis

          Right I get that …. I’m just not comparing him to upper level QBs in the NFL … If you compare last years stats to Ponders … Let’s also keep in mind that ponder has had same coaches freeman hasn’t … I’m just thinking freeman is still young and has more upside

          • Berdj Rassam

            Got it – I guess we’ll see what happens with Freeman, Ponder, and the Vikings QB situation in the not too distant future.

  • Ramon Lang

    Freeman sucks like Ponder!! Keep Castle!!