Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) sits by the other quarterbacks during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers defeated the Vikings 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Sunday’s final game at the Metrodome will be an emotional one for a lot of Viking players. And then there’s Josh Freeman who is so over the whole thing, he may not even bother showing up for his last game as an employee of the Vikings.
Apparently two million dollars isn’t enough to buy full attendance and commitment. What would have been enough for Josh?
Why not just show up for the final game, put on a fake smile and go out looking like a classy fellow? Is that so much to ask? It might be too much for Freeman who is reportedly very angry at the Vikings over the way things went down this season following his acquisition as a free agent.
Freeman was brought on board with the idea that he would compete for the starting quarterback job. But Freeman played only one game with the Vikings, stinking up Giants Stadium in historic fashion, and would spend the rest of the year riding the pines behind Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel.
The Vikings made all sorts of excuses for Freeman along the way, and Freeman himself handled the whole thing with apparent aplomb. Things were supposedly so hunky dory between the Vikings and Freeman that the QB said he would consider returning to Minnesota in 2014.
But now it seems Freeman was lying through his teeth when he said he’d come back. Freeman is reportedly so angry with the Vikings over his handling that he’s mulling not even showing up for the Lions game. Needless to say, thoughts of a Freeman return for 2014 have gone completely by the wayside.
Freeman wasn’t even good enough to beat out Ponder and Cassel, so really, who cares if he comes back? If the Vikes can’t do better than Josh Freeman, then shut down the franchise.
If Freeman thinks anyone is going to feel sorry for him after he got two million to basically do nothing for a few months…well, he’s got a rude awakening ahead of him. No one in Viking Nation cares if they ever see this guy again.
The whole Freeman experiment was a major disaster and a huge black eye for Rick Spielman. No way around it. Spielman made a total mess of the QB situation in 2013. And it looks like Leslie Frazier and Bill Musgrave will take the fall for Spielman’s mistake.
Frazier and Musgrave will show up for the last game and show up to complete all media commitments following the game. They will behave like stand-up men. I wish I could say the same for Josh Freeman but he is obviously a weasel. And a horrible quarterback.