Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) warms up prior to a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings the favorite to sign quarterback Josh Freeman?


Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws the ball during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent quarterback Josh Freeman didn’t draw much interest in the trade market as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but as a free agent, it’s been a different story.

A handful of teams have made efforts to sign Freeman and reports have leaked suggesting the exiled quarterback will decide upon a new team by tonight.

That team could be the Minnesota Vikings, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.

Per Pro Football Talk:

Take two: Vikings are currently the most likely destination for Josh Freeman, per @JayGlazer

Pro Football Talk had a bit more of an explanation on their website:

Per Glazer, Freeman has spoken with coach Leslie Frazier and G.M. Rick Spielman.  Glazer calls Minnesota the “most desirable option” for Freeman.

The Vikings do make some sense considering the iffy quarterback situation, though, Oakland, Jacksonville and Buffalo (and even Cleveland) would all also offer potential starting jobs.

Vikings or not, it sounds like we’re getting very close to a final decision which could be announced within a few hours as Glazer stated Freeman informed him he would decide by tonight.

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  • Daniel Laxen

    I just don’t see Freeman going to the Vikings. Why you ask? Here’s some reasons…

    1) This is not how the Vikings operates. If they believed that Freeman was their guy this would already be a done deal. As bold as the Vikings have been in the draft, Spielman has been quick to pull the trigger.

    2) Freeman is not familiar with the offense the Vikings use. The play book has been scaled back because of how poorly Ponder has played, but why completely give up on a good performance by the guy they brought in, Cassel, to do what he did vs. a admittedly poor Steeler team?

    3) Sure he could be signed on the cheap, but at what cost next year? Also the cost that you are telling your team that the 2 QBs that are employed aren’t worth a spent Kleenex.

    4) I’m not real familiar with the situation that occurred down in Tampa, but another Percy Harvin type ego is not what the Vikings want when they moved on from what was an amazing talent in that young receiver. Minnesota doesn’t need more drama.

    5) The EGO that is Spielman still dreams that Ponder will put his horrendous play behind him. He’s already flexed his muscle by holding Frazier hostage with a bust of a draft pick dangling over Leslie’s head like the “Sword of Damocles.”

    Then again this is the NFL and if you truly believe he might be the franchise guy then, hey, go for it! Worked for Seattle, Washington and the 49ers…Cleveland, not so much?