According to Pro Football Talk and Adam Schefter, free agent quarterback Josh Freeman is signing with the Minnesota Vikings:
Josh Freeman is going to the Vikings per league source.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 7, 2013
Josh Freeman is signing with Minnesota. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
It’s a one-year deal for Josh Freeman and the Vikings, per source.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 7, 2013
Freeman will earn a full $8.6M this season after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Freeman was not as focused on the finances of his next deal, but more looking at the long-term opportunity his next team would provide him:
That includes the ability to play in the short or long term, the quality and stability of the coaching staff and the degree of the team’s interest, moreso than weighing varied financial offers. Any deal could have incentives based on how much he plays and how well he plays. The array of teams interested in him ran the gamut of some with immediate needs to some that would not seem to be as obviously in the quarterback market, sources said.
Freeman threw for 4,065 yards, 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2012, and in 2010, led the Bucs to a 10-6 record while throwing for 25 TDs and just six interceptions in his first full season as a starter.
He’s shown the potential to become a franchise QB in the right situation, which, given the amount of offensive weapons surrounding him in Minnesota, may be the best fit for him. It’s already safe to call him the best QB Adrian Peterson has ever played with.