Oakland Raiders’ QB carousel continues as Josh Freeman enters the mix

Just as it was starting to look like the Oakland Raiders may have found their quarterback of the future, it now appears that the position is up for grabs again.

According to a report from CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair, the Raiders are the front runner to sign the recently released Josh Freeman, and insert him as the starter.

As reported earlier this week, Matt Flynn was demoted to third string after a lackluster turn starting for the injured Terrelle Pryor.  That is $6.5 million, deep down on the bench, for the record.

Freeman is still owed roughly $6 million by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so it would appear that it wouldn’t take much to sign the quarterback.

The question here is if they do sign Freeman, what becomes of Pryor?

In 3 games, the mobile QB has performed relatively well considering he is basically a rookie.  Pryor has completed 53 of 81 passes for 624 yards with two touchdowns, and two interceptions and ran 26 times for an additional 198 yards.

The Raiders’ new offensive coordinator Greg Olson coached Freeman at Tampa, so the familiarity is already there.

It seems a bit premature for the Raiders to be giving up on Pryor.  Perhaps the plan is to sit him behind Freeman so he can learn a bit more.  Pryor has been out with a concussion, but returns to action tonight against San Diego, in what now appears like  perhaps his last game as the starter.

Freeman is set to make his decision on Sunday night, so stay tuned Raiders’ fans.

Topics: Josh Freeman, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Terrelle Pryor

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  • Pdel

    Why do we want another quarterback that their current team has given up on? Stick with Pryor. I wonder why we didn’t look at Alex Smith.

    • Chris Schroeder

      It’s obvious. Freeman passed for over 4000 yards and 27 touchdowns last year. he could run circles around any quarterback that we have. Pryor has a lot of upside but when you look at the numbers they kind of speak for themselves. The only reason Freeman was let go by the Tampa bay buccaneers is because he wasn’t a fit for their coaches system. Their coach is very stubborn and it’s either his way or the highway. Freeman had his best years when Greg Olsen was his coach. He can literally light up the scoreboard without batting an eye and is a proven quarterback to do such. If the Raiders don’t bring him in as a starter it would only mean that they are going to commit to the growth process from Terrel Pryor and if he underperformed this year he might be traded and we might end up with Teddy Bridgewater next year. I would much rather have Freeman then any of the
      quarterbacks we currently have, including the possible acquisition of Teddy Bridgewater. He is only 25 years old and could potentially be our franchise quarterback. Although Terrel Pryor is a mobile and very athletic quarterback his instincts aren’t that good as well as his decision-making. If we brought in Freeman now we would have a much better shot at making a playoff run this year and building a team around him next year with all the Money they will have. Just my opinion.

      • Pridenpoise

        I couldn’t disagree more, it’s a stupid move, if Freeman was any good Tampa would not have let him go, when has a team ever chose a coach over a QB in a dispute, I’ll tell you when the QB doesn’t meant shit to them, he threw for 4000 yards last year, I’ll remind you Palmer also threw for 4000 yards last year and where is he. It would be a mistake to take the job away from Pryor for no good reason, and Freeman is not a good reason IMHO.

        • Chris Schroeder

          I won’t argue with you man. We’re on the same team, and I respect your opinion. I really do hope Pryor has success. I just think why not bring in Freeman. Low risk, high reward. That’s the writing on the wall. Even as a back up. He will either win the starting position, or at least make Pryor compete harder. It’s a win win I think.

          • KloverJane

            Cant we keep the same QB like Peyton or Favre for 10 years plus?

          • Pridenpoise

            I can understand your reasoning, I’m just tired of the QB carousel in Oakland I’ve been a fan since 1980 and these past ten years have been the most frustrating I’ve ever been through, the dysfunction in this organization is absurd, I kind of feel like their turning a corner and adding another QB at this stage, when were trying to develop Pryor, could be detrimental to his growth. With that being said everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I respect your point of view, and I’ll be the first to say I’m wrong if they do get him, and he works out, right now let’s just thump the Dolts tonight, and I’ll be happy for the week.

          • Chris Schroeder

            Amen to that brotha :)

  • KloverJane

    Man am I tired of this drama. Pryor looks good. I’m not even certain about Freeman. I’m not sure I’ve seen enough of his work too judge for that matter.
    I want our receiving corps to catch balls first. Get open down field past 10 yards to start. Etc.

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