Minnesota Vikings Rumors: Going After Josh Freeman Would be a Mistake
After an ugly divorce with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thanks to some animosity between he and his coach Greg Schiano, quarterback Josh Freeman has been released and now the question is, just where will he sign?
In a quarterback-driven league, there are a few teams that may come calling for his services, although no team thinks too highly of him after the Bucs failed to trade the fifth year pro. Throughout the entire day Thursday, plenty of rumors began circling as to where he might end up.
Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports tweeted earlier that he may have a hunch where Freeman could end up.
Here are the 5 teams that should strongly consider Freeman: Jags, Vikings, Bengals, Browns & Rams. http://t.co/DXhbK4Dwln
— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) October 3, 2013
While plenty of Minnesota Vikings fans believe Christian Ponder is not the guy to stay there long term, the team also has Matt Cassel backing him up to step in when Leslie Frazier finally decides to make a change. Saying earlier this week that Ponder is this their guy, Frazier appears set with Ponder — for now.
Freeman would only further the confusion in Minnesota. Cassel had a very good outing against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week four, and many fans would like to see him stay in as the starter. If the team were to sign Freeman, it would develop plenty of curiosity and maybe even animosity in the locker room.
Players don’t like to deal with a controversy between two quarterbacks to begin with. Of course, it’s natural to want to know who your leader is any given week and go into battle with that established guy. Freeman, though, would throw a third guy into the mix and the Vikings just couldn’t afford to do something like that at this point in the season.
Maybe next year the Vikings will go after another franchise quarterback and decide to give up on Ponder. This year is not the time to jump on a guy in the middle of the year after already being in the midst of a quarterback situation that isn’t exactly solidified.