December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers former head coach Jon Gruden talks during a presentation celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Super Bowl Champions during halftime against the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Josh Freeman to be mentored by Jon Gruden

It wasn’t that long ago that Josh Freeman was a starting quarterback in the NFL. Some might question if he should have been, but for a small window Freeman looked to be improving and may eventually carve out a permanent starting role in the league.

Of course, that didn’t work out so well as Freeman began to struggle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and after a nasty divorce, ended up with the Minnesota Vikings where he looked just as bad as before, if not worse.

The New York Giants decided they’d give him a quick look, but that was over before it ever began leaving the veteran signal caller out of work.

Knowing his options may be running dry and time isn’t exactly on his side, Freeman has decided the moment is now and according to, he has hired not only a famed quarterback guru to help him get back on track for former NFL coach turned broadcaster, Jon Gruden.

“NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt tweeted Monday that Freeman has workouts planned with former NFL coach Jon Gruden and quarterback guru Terry Shea over the next two weeks.

Freeman was released by the New York Giants last month after just six weeks with the team. It capped a painful eight-month stretch for the former first-round pick, who was released by the Bucs in October then signed and was discarded by the Minnesota Vikings before his fruitless Big Blue cameo.”

With both Gruden and Shea are likely to give Freeman some helpful tips and tricks, it’s pretty questionable to believe they’ll be able to turn around his floundering career.

Despite that, if he’s willing to pay for pennies, it’s hard to believe he won’t be able to find a roster spot once the regular season kicks off.

Freeman was drafted by the Buccaneers just months after Gruden left the organization.

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