Josh Freeman Comes To Terms With Vikings
By Allen Kim
It didn’t take QB Josh Freeman long to find a new home after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Minnesota Vikings, one of the dark horse teams rumored to be in the hunt for Freeman, agreed to terms with him to a one-year contract reportedly worth about $3 million. The Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders looked like the top two contenders to sign Freeman, but the Vikings beat them to the punch.
"We are always looking to add good players to our roster, and I think we have done that with Josh,” coach Leslie Frazier told Chips Coggins of the Star-Tribune.
The Vikings currently have Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel on the roster, but one of the two could get his walking papers with Freeman coming to town. There’s little reason to think that they’ll keep all three quarterbacks on the roster. However, Freeman only offers the Vikings a marginal upgrade over Ponder and Cassel.
Ponder is battling a rib injury, and his days as a starting quarterback in Minnesota may be over if Freeman can seize the job. With several quarterback-desperate teams interested in Freeman, he certainly must have had some sort of assurances from Minnesota that he would start or be in a position to do so.