Josh Freeman was cut Friday by the New York Giants, just six weeks after he was brought in to provide QB depth behind the injured Eli Manning. The former Vikings QB has now been outright cut twice in less than a calendar year, first by Tampa, now by the Giants, and virtually cut by the Vikings in that they made no effort to bring him back after his ill-fated stint.
Freeman was not really expected to be a vital cog this year for New York, but I think most people thought he would at least have a shot to secure the #2 job behind Eli. Look at what else they have in New York. Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter. You figured Freeman, if he pulled it together, would at least be able to give it a run.
But Freeman didn’t even make it to camp. He didn’t even make it out of OTAs. He was so unimpressive, he could not even beat out Curtis Painter for the designated camp arm job. Once Eli came back and the Giants needed to dump a QB, they looked at Painter and Freeman, and kept Painter.
Just how awful was Josh Freeman in his short stay in New York? He was God-awful. Look at what Jordan Raanan of NJ.com had to say about Freeman’s performance in OTAs.
Painter is just another guy and Freeman appeared to be little more than the camp arm the Giants were trying to sell him as after they signed him this offseason. During one drill, Freeman lined up the offense incorrectly and the play was never run. He was immediately subbed out, with Painter taking his place.
That is how mentally checked-out Freeman has become. He couldn’t even pick up the Giants offense well enough to get things lined up in an OTAs drill. That is not a physical issue, that is not a mechanical issue. That is, flat out, a guy who doesn’t give a crap.
Josh Freeman had to know that he was probably on his last chance in New York. He had to realize, this was it for him. Either pull it together and make it happen, or kiss professional football goodbye. And that wasn’t enough motivation for him to even learn the basics of the Giants offense.
Last year, the Vikings were willing to give Freeman a shot based on past performance and physical ability. They quickly learned that his problems are more between the ears than anything else. The Giants fiasco only confirms what the Vikings paid $2 million to discover. Josh Freeman has lost any desire to play professional football.
Freeman coasted through his months with the Vikings, reportedly not showing up for meetings, not making any effort to improve. Rick Spielman made excuses for him all along the way, but that was about deflecting criticism away from himself and his coaches more than protecting Freeman.
Now, Freeman is out there with no one to bat aside the criticism. He is just horrible. He is not a football player anymore, he is just a tall, athletic guy who doesn’t give a rip. Okay Josh. You got out of the game whatever money you could. You scammed the Vikings last year and you scammed the Giants out of six weeks of free meals. Time to go away now and, I don’t know, play with your Playstation or whatever you do.
You are done.