When the Minnesota Vikings signed Josh Freeman this season after he was cut from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there was hope that he’d revive his career and give the Vikings stability at quarterback. But in hindsight, it appears that the very reasons Freeman was cut from the Bucs is the same reasons he only started once for the Vikings in 2013.
According to a USA Today piece on Freeman’s time with the Vikings, the quarterback was apparently last, uninterested and baffled by the concept of learning an offense in the NFL.
The piece suggests that Leslie Frazier’s betting on Freeman with the Vikings was one of the major causes for his firing on Black Monday as Freeman was completely unprepared to be an NFL quarterback.
“You could tell Josh did not know the offense,” said one of several Vikings players who spoke to USA TODAY Sports about the situation Tuesday. The players spoke on the condition of anonymity, because they weren’t supposed to discuss team business publicly.
The piece goes on to point out that the one week Freeman started was largely pushed by Frazier, as it was apparent to everyone in the Vikings organization, from the top to the bottom, that the quarterback was nowhere near being ready. Yet Frazier lied through his teeth to sell Freeman’s week at practice as solid, and we then saw how untrue that was the following Monday against the Giants.
Freeman wants to return to the Vikings, but it’s pretty clear that he’s not going to be welcomed back. This is now two teams Freeman has slacked off with and the chances of him landing a third are growing increasingly unlikely.