Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) laughs during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers defeated the Vikings 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: San Francisco 49ers eyeing Josh Freeman as backup QB


The San Francisco 49ers have a solid starting quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, a guy who is about to get paid big time with a fat extension. But while the Niners don’t have to worry about finding a starting quarterback, the team is in the market for a backup with Colt McCoy hitting free agency.

With McCoy likely gone to find a place where he can be a starter, or at least compete, the Niners are looking at the free agent class of quarterback to make sure they don’t get into a situation like the Green Bay Packers were and hit the skids when their starter gets hurt. NFL scribe Bryan Knowles recently looked at some possible free agent targets and points out that Josh Freeman is drawing some interest from the Niners.

What Freeman needs is a stable situation to rebuild his career—and the 49ers would fit that bill.  Coach Jim Harbaugh could help rebuild his confidence and skill set, and there’s definitely some interest there.  It was reported that the 49ers were looking at Freeman just after he was released from Tampa Bay.

While he’s far from being a solid backup option — or even a solid emergency option at this point — it’s hard to deny that Freeman has serious talent buried somewhere within him.

Harbaugh may take him on as a project, as the Niners have shown with guys like McCoy and the drafting of Marcus Lattimore, that they’re dedicated to the idea of building a guy up rather than getting a guy who’s hot.

Tags: Josh Freeman San Francisco 49ers

  • afannaz

    i agree they don’t want to pay the price for a guy who’s hot. but, how did they build up colt mccoy? how have they built up lamichael james? how did they build up WR ted ginn, (now successfully playing with the panthers as a WR) to be anything more than a return man? unless you are “the man” in san francisco, you aren’t really getting much focus or play, in most cases. imo, they waste the talent of many players by sitting them on the bench, and not giving them much chance to integrate into the lineup to build confidence.

    • John Johnson

      I agree with you, but Ginn did get quite a few opportunities to play WR when others were injured. I think that’s the case in Carolina too. There’s not a lot after Steve Smith, and he’s getting old.

  • loverpoint

    Colt McCoy wants to go someplace where he can start. Where is that ? Houston, Oakland, Arizona. Minnesota, Jacksonville?

    I have said that I thought Freeman would be a good selection. The question is would he mind being a backup for a couple of seasons ?

  • Travis Crouch

    Yea if you look at it who have they really built up kap has not been developed he wins games with is feet he still is not an accurate passer when ever he had to win with is arm they loss and what about aj Jenkins they did not even give him two years and colt still is not going to get a starting job didn’t they almost cut him he has showed nothing this year that he is a starter and if they go with josh are they going to pay him what he thinks he is worth