Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) looks on in the final minutes of his team
With superstars like Colt McCoy, Derek Anderson, Matt Flynn and Blaine Gabbert no longer available, the Giants decided to go with the next best thing.
After suffering a precipitous decline over two years, punctuated by a disastrous stint in Minnesota, Freeman hit the free agent market this offseason as severely damaged goods.
Questions arose about Freeman’s work ethic and overall attitude while in Minnesota. These concerns coupled with worries about Freeman’s throwing mechanics made him a bad risk in free agency.
Despite the red flags, certain NFL execs reportedly still believed in Freeman. But not enough to pursue the QB in the early stages of free agency when bigger dollars were flying around.
Freeman had to wait until the late stages of free agency to even get a visit. He finally went to Chicago, and then to New York. Now the Giants will reportedly sign Freeman.
We know Freeman has talent, and he did produce at a Pro Bowl level for a time in Tampa Bay, but right now he appears a long way removed from being an effective quarterback.
In New York, he will have to sit behind an established and very durable starter in Eli Manning. It’s not an ideal situation for him as he tries to repair his reputation, but it seems he didn’t have a lot of other options.