Josh Freeman | QB | Minnesota Vikings
Posted: 10/30/2013 10:42pm et
Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings have not announced a starting quarterback for Week 9, but ESPN's Ed Werder expects that the team will turn to QB Josh Freeman (concussion) again after QB Christian Ponder was unimpressive in place of Freeman in Week 8.
Huddle Up: Monte Kiffin's struggling defense has allowed four 400-yard passers through eight games. It's highly doubtful Freeman will make it five on Sunday. The Cowboys' last ranked pass defense gets a break against Minnesota.
Posted: 10/24/2013 8:19pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Josh Freeman (concussion) has cleared part of the league's protocol for concussions, but he will be inactive in Week 8, with QB Christian Ponder getting the starting nod against the Green Bay Packers. Ponder tossed three touchdowns against the Packers last season.
Huddle Up: Ponder will be be back in the Vikings' saddle for the first time since Week 3, and while it's nothing to raise a fantasy fuss about, it has to be better news for the Vikes' pass-catchers after Freeman's disaster of a debut on Monday night.
Posted: 10/23/2013 1:29pm et
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Josh Freeman (concussion) has a concussion, and the team is preparing as if Freeman will not play Week 8. QB Christian Ponder will start if Freeman is unable to play.
Huddle Up: This is actually a good thing for the offense (not the injury, but the fact Freeman likely won't start), though not by much. Freeman was simply not ready to step in and start after one week of practice.
Posted: 10/22/2013 11:23pm et
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Josh Freeman will start in the team's Week 8 game against the Green Bay Packers
Huddle Up: Freeman had a disastrous debut to be sure, but the Vikings aren't shelling out $2 mil for only one game. At 1-5, the Vikes aren't going anywhere fast, so they're going to get a long look at what they have.
Posted: 10/22/2013 12:49am et
Minnesota Vikings QB Josh Freeman made his first start for the team in Week 7 against the New York Giants Monday, Oct. 21. He completed 20 of his 53 pass attempts for 190 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.
Huddle Up: Freeman was brutal, on a different page than his receivers and off-target all night, completing only 37.7 percent of his passes. That quashed the fantasy hopes of those starting any of the Minnesota pass-catchers and even RB Adrian Peterson. The Vikings scored their only points on Marcus Sherels' 86-yard first-quarter punt return, but look for the Vikes to write this off as a rough first outing and give Freeman another start or two.
Posted: 10/7/2013 10:50am et
Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings agreed with free-agent QB Josh Freeman on a one-year, $3 million deal. Freeman's contract doesn't including a clause preventing the team from placing the franchise tag on him after the season. The franchise tag would be worth more than $15 million next season.
Huddle Up: The Vikings didn't bring Freeman in to be a backup; he'll get a shot at starting, maybe not this week but in the very near future. As for franchising him, if he plays well and turns the Vikings' season around it's possible they could view him as their quarterback of the future and franchise him while working on a long-term deal. However, let's let Freeman take a snap in purple before wondering if the Vikings will commit $15 million to him.
Posted: 10/5/2013 8:59pm et
The Oakland Raiders have expressed interest in free-agent QB Josh Freeman (Buccaneers) but will take their time in their pursuit of him.
Huddle Up: Freeman has ties to Raiders' offensive coordinator Greg Olson but if he signs in Oakland it will be just to back up Terrelle Pryor for now. Freeman will almost certainly have no fantasy value for the rest of the season.
Posted: 10/3/2013 5:49pm et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released QB Josh Freeman on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Huddle Up: It quickly became apparent a divorce was imminent after the Bucs failed to find a trade partner for the former first-round pick. Three teams -- the Browns, Jaguars and Cardinals -- reportedly have said they're not interested, but definitely expect somebody to give the FA Freeman a shot.
Posted: 10/2/2013 12:44am et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano denied leaking confidential medical information to the media about QB Josh Freeman on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: Remember back to Week 12 last season when the Bucs entered a home showdown vs. the Falcons at 6-4 and Freeman was in the midst of a revival season with 21 TDs and 7 interceptions? Wow, how times have changed. Since then, Tampa is 1-9 and Freeman has thrown 8 TDs, 13 picks, lost his starting job and now wants to be released or traded.
Posted: 9/30/2013 10:47pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman is a stage one participant in the National Football League's drug program, but he is not one strike away from a suspension despite being subject to random testing, according to league and player sources with knowledge of his status. Freeman has obtained a temporary use exemption for a prescription drug that normally would be on the banned list, the sources said Monday, Sept. 30.
Huddle Up: Hmmmm, perhaps this is a reason why we haven't heard about Freeman generating much interest on the trade market.
Posted: 9/27/2013 12:16pm et
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman admitted that the best option for him is probably to be traded to another team, in an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson. 'You know, I don't for a number of reasons,' Freeman said. 'But the bottom line is, if you want things to change, something has got to change. At the end of the day, yes, I think that moving forward, that might be, that is going to be probably the best option.' The Buccaneers have yet to be contacted by other teams interested in trading for Freeman. He completed less than 50 percent of his passes in the first three weeks and had two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Huddle Up: Freeman's salary for the rest of this year and the fact he can walk after the season make it extremely unlikely another team will trade for him. He'll have his choice of opportunities this offseason, though it's unlikely he'll have another opportunity to put some more impressive production on tape for other clubs to see.
Posted: 9/26/2013 2:46pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman reportedly would welcome a trade after he was demoted to the backup quarterback role behind QB Mike Glennon this week. However, Freeman will be a tough piece to move given his current contract, and a trade might not be realistic unless another team's quarterback goes down with an injury. Freeman has $6.44 million remaining on his contract.
Huddle Up: Maybe he'll find new life on a new team. He's still young, and there is rumored trouble in paradise with coach Greg Schiano. For now, he's droppable in most formats.
Posted: 9/25/2013 9:23am et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly benched QB Josh Freeman in favor of QB Mike Glennon.
Huddle Up: Monday Freeman received the dreaded vote of confidence from Bucs coach Greg Schiano, but Adam Schefter is reporting that Glennon will get the start Sunday against Arizona. The 6-foot-7 rookie was a third-round pick of the Bucs and the third quarterback taken in the 2013 draft. The most immediate fantasy concern would be for Vincent Jackson, who has held value despite Freeman's sluggish start.
Posted: 9/12/2013 9:58am et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman overslept and missed a team photo last week. It's a story the team might have leaked in order to bolster their case to replace him as team captain.
Huddle Up: Freeman certainly didn't play like a guy pushing for a contract in the Bucs' Week 1 loss to the Jets, and the team stripping him of his captaincy suggests they're in no rush to extend his rookie deal. It's an opportunity for Freeman, and he has the weapons at his disposal to make a Flacco-esque salary push.
Posted: 8/12/2013 12:20pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman is having a great day with a lot of life on his throws Monday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: A positive step for Freeman, who didn't do much of note in the Bucs' preseason opener. Given that he's playing for a payday, he needs to bring these great practice sessions to game day with him if he wants to collect the big money.
Posted: 7/2/2013 11:59am et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano once again said that QB Josh Freeman will be the starting quarterback for the team. "We have one quarterback; it's Josh Freeman," Schiano said during an interview with NFL Network on Monday July 1. Schiano said Freeman had a terrific spring.
Huddle Up: Freeman hit career highs with 4,065 yards and 27 TD passes in 2012, but there's still some potential fantasy upside there considering the QB's strong supporting cast headed by RB Doug Martin and WRs Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.
Posted: 4/23/2013 10:01pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman said he is more disappointed in not winning than he is in not getting a new contract this offseason. 'It bothers me a lot, knowing the type of team we have and our capabilities, being close but not quite getting there," Freeman said. 'The only reason you play this game is you want to go out and win. You want to win championships and you want to walk away and have a handful of rings. That's why you play the game. The drive is there, the intensity is there. We've just got to find a way to put it all together."
Huddle Up: The Bucs are 24-32 in Freeman's 56 career starts with the QB posting one winning season (10-6 in 2010) so far. He is coming off a career year, though, with 4,065 yards and 27 TDs with a strong supporting cast (RB Doug Martin and WRs Vincent Jackson & Mike Williams) to finish just outside the fantasy top 12 with 325 points (Huddle Performance scoring).
Posted: 3/6/2013 12:14am et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers met with the agent for QB Josh Freeman at the NFL scouting combine. "It was really positive," agent Erik Burkhardt told The Tampa Tribune of the recent meeting he had with Bucs officials at the NFL scouting combine. "They said they definitely believe in Josh, that he is their guy, that they want to reach their goals with him and that they know he is capable of doing the job and are committed to him." Freeman is entering the final season of a five year contract.
Huddle Up: It sounds like the Bucs are looking to commit to Freeman despite the QB finishing the 2012 season with a thud (2 TDs and 9 interceptions over his last 3 games). Still, Freeman's season as a whole was a marked improvement over his 27-turnover disaster in 2011, and he has the weapons (WRs Vincent Jackson & Mike Williams and RB Doug Martin) to get it done in Tampa.
Posted: 1/7/2013 1:25pm et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won't extend QB Josh Freeman's contract, which runs through the 2013 season. If he plays well next season, the team will either franchise tag him or try to sign him to a long-term deal. The franchise tag would likely tender a $17 million salary.
Huddle Up: Freeman isn't worthy of the franchise-tag price just yet, but he's had flashes that suggest he could still get there. The Bucs are willing to play that waiting game; in their two worst-case scenarios, either they have to fork over big money for a young quarterback on the verge of greatness or they jettison Freeman and start over at the position. If OC Mike Sullivan doesn't land a head coaching job he may have a big say in whether or not Freeman reaches a level of play worthy of franchise tag money.