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.