NFL News: Free agent QB Josh Freeman to sign with Vikings

Deposed Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman has agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Vikings, according to multiple media reports on Sunday evening. Freeman’s agent tweeted (link) out “Vikings” around 11:30 p.m.

Reports indicate that the free agent signing is for $3 million for the rest of the 2013 season. Freeman already earned $6.2 million from the Buccaneers, bringing his total salary for the season quite a lot for a released former starter.

Freeman, benched recently in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, was then released on Thursday evening. Later that day, both Buffalo and the Cleveland Browns lost their starting quarterbacks to injuries. Brian Hoyer is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Thus, instantly, Twitter became a source for frenzied unsourced rumors of Freeman perhaps going to the Browns to supplant Brandon Weeden. Instead, reports eventually circulated that the Browns were unlikely to “make a run” at signing the big 25-year-old Kansas State product.

Perhaps, in one perspective, this is a slight vote of confidence by the Browns brass to Weeden. Freeman was obviously the highest-profile free agent quarterback available. But he came at a hefty price and with a lot of recent baggage. So we’ll see if any other rumors perhaps circulate.

In the meanwhile, Cleveland could still be in desperate need for any backup to Weeden. Jason Campbell was inactive for Thursday’s contest and there have been no updates on his status since. It’s likely the team would need at least one other healthy option for next Sunday’s home game against Detroit.

[Related: Fun with Numbers: Browns stats as they improve to 3-2]

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Hefty price? The Vikes paid $3 mill for a QB that threw for 4,000 yards and 27 TDs last year. If this is true, they didn’t even need to extend his contract beyond a what amounts to a partial season tryout.

    This was a real missed opportunity for the Browns. If nothing else, he would have pushed Weeden this year. Also, I’m not sure why Weeden gets a vote of confidence for anything. He’s bringing up the rear statistically this year.

    One of the weirdest things about this situation is the fact that the Browns had a 10 day layoff, they’re down to 1 healthy QB, and they haven’t brought in anyone to backup a QB that’s already missed time with an injured hand. It just seems like bringing in a backup would be more of a priority than management has made it seem.

  • Natedawg86

    Aside from all the drama and negative energy he brought to the locker room in TB, I agree with you. Our starter has missed games due to his throwing hand, our backup has been inacitve, and the other QB is out for the season. I don’t know why, but it seems as though the towel could be thrown in soon, especially if weedens basket handle breaks.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    What was the Hefty Price again? 3M for (at worst) a half-season tryout for a guy who (prior to this season) has had a fairly decent career?

    If you ignore this season (Greg Schiano is a horrible coach who clearly has an agenda against Freeman) and you toss out his rookie season, he’s actually been an above average QB for 3 consecutive seasons (and in those three seasons, he only missed one game.)

    This was a missed opportunity. He’s a big QB with decent mobility. He isn’t Brady/Brees/Manning accurate, but he’s completed 59.5% of his passes the three seasons prior to this one. Over that 3 season window, he had 68 TD vs 45 INT. His QB Rating was 83.4 over this span.

    This season is an outlier. He’s going to do good things in Minnesota. I’d be a locker room cancer too if I had to deal with that hack of a coach (Schiano). It’s clear he is an a$$hat.

  • saggy

    if you’re bringing 4,000 yards and 27 TDs at 25-years old, you can bring whatever drama you want.

    Kevin said it perfectly – i can’t find anything to add to his statement that suits how i feel any better than what he already said.

  • saggy

    Geez, Terry Bradshaw wasn’t Brady/Brees/Manning accurate (unless you’re talking Eli) so I don’t have a problem with Freeman falling short of that class!!

    but point taken, and seconded.

  • Natedawg86

    I guess part of my post is lack of information on how things really unfolded so quickly. How a guy who was so good last year was cut before week 5 this year.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Yeah, just trying to counter any possible arguments early (as to why we wouldn’t go for him.)

    I mean, the kid has talent…even if he’s not ever going to be an elite guy…he’s clearly better than anything we’ve had here.

  • RGB

    Spencer Lanning is our #3 QB.
    Bannermetrics.

  • Jay

    I may be wrong, but before Thursday night’s game vs. Buffalo, I believe Lanning had as many TD passes as our current starting QB.

  • FearTheRoo

    Don’t think the Browns have much faith in Weeden. But they would rather wait until the draft instead of picking up another QB. Weeden is way too slow in every aspect of the game. Hoyer is pretty average too, but still better. We will definitely struggle to score the rest of the year…

  • maxfnmloans

    Peter King wrote earlier today that an unnamed NFL scout said there could be as many as 9 college QB’s who get “first round grades” on teams’ draft boards, depending on who comes out. That’s the type of thing likely driving this decision.

    And Weeden isn’t the guy. Going into they year I was all about giving him a shot and seeing if he could grow into the job, but after seeing he and Hoyer in an almost side by side comparison, it really brought Weeden’s weaknesses into perspective for me.

    Still unsure if Banner and Lombardi are crazy or crazy like a fox (foxes? foxen? foxeses?).

  • RGB

    152.1 QBR. ;)

  • C-Bus Kevin

    If that’s the strategy, then fine. But most teams have more than 1 healthy QB on the active roster, right?

    I’m just saying, I hope my tied-for-first-place team plans on finishing the season with an active QB depth chart better than…

    1. Weeden
    2. Lanning
    3. That guy in the photo that wears a jersey with the names of all the starting QBs since ’99.