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
A lot of frankly mediocre quarterbacks have managed to snag contracts this offseason. Colt McCoy even got a deal, signing with the Washington Redskins on Thursday.
And then there’s Josh Freeman, who remains on the market, unsigned.
Is it actually possible that the former Pro Bowler Freeman could end up without a team in 2014?
Amazing as it seems, I think there’s a chance that Freeman could be done in the NFL.
You would think that Freeman’s talent would entice some team out there to take a chance. But it appears the red flags on Freeman have gotten too big and too red for front offices.
The Vikings were willing to take a chance on Freeman last year, signing the QB after his release from Tampa Bay in hopes that he could pick up the offense and give them a spark.
Rick Spielman tried to sell the signing as a long-term move but don’t be fooled, he wanted Freeman to come in immediately and provide the downfield passing that Christian Ponder could not.
Freeman of course fizzled with the Vikings, performing dreadfully in his one start. After that historically bad Giants game, Freeman would spend the rest of the season on the shelf, supposedly working on his game.
As the season progressed, the rumors began popping up about Freeman’s lack of work ethic. It’s all been denied on the record, but with each passing day that Freeman goes unsigned, the stories about his terrible attitude are given more credence.
Clearly word has gotten around that Freeman won’t work. That’s bad news for a quarterback with as many obvious mechanical issues as Freeman.
Still, you’d think someone out there would give him a shot. Freeman arguably had the most raw talent of any QB in this year’s free agent pool, with the possible exception of Michael Vick.
Surely he is worth a low-cost contract to some QB needy team with a patient coaching staff?
Apparently not. Even the Raiders, whose offensive coordinator Greg Olson has ties to Freeman, don’t seem interested in giving the former Tampa Bay QB a chance.
Freeman at one time was a Pro Bowl player, but his skills have eroded to the point where now he can’t even get a sniff? Guys like Matt Schaub and Blaine Gabbert are being traded, and Freeman can’t get a look?
It seems Freeman’s career is coming to a pathetic end.