It’s already an issue in Minnesota, Josh Freeman’s random signing to compete with the franchise quarterback Christian Ponder and the experienced Matt Cassel, who was already in town to give insurance. Michael Irvin says that Freeman should be the starter without question, but I’m not sure I see that happening once Ponder gets healthy.
So where else would Josh Freeman have worked? Let’s take a look at 5 destinations that would have been good for him, not necessarily as a starter, for different reasons.
Probably not a popular choice with Sam Bradford in town, but with an in-season move there would’ve been zero pressure on Freeman to perform. He would’ve provided great insurance in case Bradford got hurt, a problem for him in the past. This would definitely have been a one and done type deal for Freeman, but probably would’ve worked in his favor working with another good, young quarterback in Bradford.
I feel like this would’ve been a perfect opportunity for Mike Tomlin to infuse some excitement in his locker room. When was the last time Pittsburgh had a backup quarterback worth his salt in the league? I know Tomlin still plans on making a comeback this season to compete for a playoff spot, but realistically at 0-4 there were plenty of opportunities to mess around with some different packages and such. Obviously, Big Ben is beginning to lose his appeal in the steel city.
Colin Kaepernick is the guy, there is no doubt about that, but the fans and organization could’ve used some sort of backup plan. Colt McCoy and B.J. Daniels aren’t going to cut it if Kaepernick goes down and this is a Super Bowl contender. No idea if that would’ve worked long term, but with the injuries that the Niners have sustained it may have been a tremendous short term move.
The Raiders just can’t hit a home run. This would’ve been that home run. Not sure if there’s more that needs to be said, except that the silver and black could’ve used this.
So maybe Freeman didn’t want to be here, couldn’t blame him. I do know that the Jags could’ve use him, for a plethora of reasons but most of all because he would’ve become the best quarterback on the team, by a long shot.