Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman was a disaster in his only appearance for the Vikings after being signed by them to a 1-year contract midway through the 2013 season. In the one game Freeman appeared in against the New York Giants, he completed 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards with 1 interception on Monday Night Football in front of a nationwide audience.
Freeman then said he had suffered a concussion in that game despite him being sacked only once in the game. Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier never bothered to go back Freeman even after he had recovered from his concussion.
With Frazier not using Freeman for the remainder of the season despite the Vikings being down a quarterback with an injury to Christian Ponder, it leaves one to believe that Freeman must have shown Frazier something in the practices to not want to give him anymore chances to play. Instead of letting Freeman play, Frazier went with backup Matt Cassel for much of the 2nd half of the season and he played reasonably well.
Freeman was cut earlier last season by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after completing just 45.7 percent of his passes with a passing rating of 59.3. Freeman’s accuracy was incredibly poor, and this didn’t change once he was signed by the Vikings.
Failing one team is obviously a negative for a quarterback, but when you’ve failed with two teams consecutively, that puts up a red flag for other teams to see and avoid you like the plague. I think Freeman may find it extremely difficult to find a team that’s interested in signing him for the 2014 season unless he can wow one of the teams during a workout. I suspect Freeman will get a workout by some teams, because he’s got too strong of an arm, and he’s too good of a runner not to get a tryout. However, with the baggage that Freeman brings with him from his problems with the Bucs and now with the Vikings, I think we might see Freeman end up without a job next season. He’s like Tim Tebow 2.0.
Like Freeman, Tebow had a strong arm and could throw the ball a mile, but his accuracy was terrible, and he tended to throw a lot of interceptions. Now Tebow is out of the NFL, and it’s highly probable that he won’t be back. This could be Freeman’s fate. The difference with him though is that he played well in his 2nd and 3rd season for the Buccaneers in 2010 and 2011 before his play fell apart in 2012 and 2013.