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Could Josh Freeman Be the Vikings' Next Quarterback?



Josh Freeman's already rocky relationship with head coach Greg Schiano just got even rockier, with reports that Freeman will likely ask for a trade this season. Could he be wearing purple this year?
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.



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Chad Jensen
Sep 15 2013 06:45 PM
Freeman has reached his ceiling. It ain't gonna get much better. He's a solid starting QB. Much like a Kyle Orton, he'll keep you in games, but when the chips are down and you need your QB to put the team on his shoulders and will his team to victory, he fails.
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Seth Keysor
Sep 16 2013 02:56 PM

Freeman has reached his ceiling. It ain't gonna get much better. He's a solid starting QB. Much like a Kyle Orton, he'll keep you in games, but when the chips are down and you need your QB to put the team on his shoulders and will his team to victory, he fails.

 

On the flip side, the QB you just described is so much better than anything the Vikings currently have...

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Seth Keysor
Sep 16 2013 03:00 PM

I think the Vikings should be all over this move if he comes available.  He's a good fit with guys like Simpson and Patterson and a MASSIVE upgrade over Ponder.

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Colin Bruns
Sep 16 2013 09:17 PM

He would definitely be able to get the ball down field and make defenses respect the deep pass. The other thing I like about Freeman is the team wouldn't have to completely start from scratch with a rookie QB (assuming the Vikes give up on Ponder) and waste another 2-3 years of AP's prime while the rookie is developing.

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Chris Schad
Sep 17 2013 02:05 AM

The Ponder train is sinking, and I don't think the team is bad enough to go into a "Tank For Teddy" campaign. The only rookie QB I would want is Bridgewater, so if we can't get him Freeman could at least be a stopgap.

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