Could Josh Freeman Be the Vikings' Next Quarterback?
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported this morning that Josh Freeman will likely ask the Tampa Bay Bucs to trade him before the trade deadline. If the Bucs entertain this request, and if there is a market for him, the Vikings would seem to be a team in the mix.
The Vikings are not ready to give up on the Christian Ponder experiment. They were clear this offseason that they brought Matt Cassel in to backup the 12th overall pick. However, if he continues to struggle and the Vikings get off to a rocky start, it's conceivable the team picks up the phone and at least explores the possibility of bringing Freeman on board.
After showing some promise in his rookie season, Freeman really came into his own and had a great second year-his first as a 16-game starter. However, he has seemed to regress in his past 2 seasons. He is in the last year of his contract and after drafting Mike Glennon in this year's draft, it looks pretty clear the Bucs do not intend on signing Freeman to a long term deal. This is something any team thinking about trading for Freeman has to be cognizant of.
At the end of the day, it's unclear whether Freeman is a franchise quarterback and if the Vikings should be interested in him. However, I do think he immediately makes this team better, and if Ponder continues to struggle, it will be at least be worth looking into.