The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were unable to trade Josh Freeman, but it’s clear that there were suitors for the fifth-year quarterback. On Sunday evening, Pro Football Talk reported via Twitter that Josh Freeman had decided on the team he’d like to play for, after considering multiple suitors.
Josh Freeman is going to the Vikings per league source.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 7, 2013
The report came shortly after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that multiple teams were vying for the services of Freeman.
From @mortreport and me: Bills intensifying efforts Sunday night to sign former Bucs QB Josh Freeman. Vikings, Raiders also interested.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
Freeman determined that Minnesota was the best fit to sign with because he likely sees (or knows he has) a path to starting with the Vikings. Christian Ponder has not proven to be a franchise quarterback like he was drafted to be, and Matt Cassel is nothing but a veteran backup who has benefited from one year of success in New England.
Freeman won’t be committed to the team in purple for long, as he signed only a one year deal with the team.
It's a one-year deal for Josh Freeman and the Vikings, per source.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 7, 2013
This is an ideal situation for Freeman if he gets a chance to play, as he will become a free agent at the end of the season and can properly negotiate a new contract at that time.
In the mean time, he will have the best running back in the NFL in the backfield with him, and he’ll also have the ability to throw to Greg Jennings and Kyle Rudolph, although his receiving options are certainly no better than they were in Tampa Bay.
It will be very interesting to see if Freeman starts right away for the Vikings, and how he will perform in that situation. But for now, consider this final fact about Freeman’s move to Minnesota.
Ex-Bucs QB Josh Freeman has just signed a 1-year deal worth close to $2.5 million with the Minnesota Vikings.
— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) October 7, 2013
Combined with the money he will still make for the Buccaneers, Freeman could not have asked for more after being benched by Greg Schiano. But as has been the case in his entire career, he still has a lot to prove on the field before his future as an NFL quarterback becomes any clearer.