The unthinkable has happened — reportedly. The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly signed Josh Freeman to a deal that is worth $3 million much to surprise of the rest of the NFL. Just days after his release from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and about a week after information was leaked that he is suffering from a substance abuse problem, the fifth-year quarterback has finally found a new home with the Vikings.
If the reports are true, this could make for a very interesting situation in Minnesota. Christian Ponder started the year at quarterback, but struggled mightily before an injury that set him out after an 0-3 start. Matt Cassel filled in on the team’s trip to London to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers and led the Vikings to their first win of the year.
Although a bye week wasn’t ideal following the team’s first win, it might end up being a season-changing week for the 1-3 squad from up north.
The signing of Freeman may look like nothing more than a charity case, but this move could end up changing the Vikings’ offense. What other reason would the team have brought in Freeman for than to contend for the starting spot?
Freeman has been a proven NFL quarterback. Throwing for over 3,400 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2010 helped him make a Pro Bowl while his 4,065 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012 started turning heads. Greg Schiano had the quarterback on a very short leash this season, benching him after a winless start through three weeks and a 45 percent completion rate.
However, the veteran QB has the potential to complete over 60 percent of his passes — as he had done in two of his first four seasons — and pass for 3,500 yards.
This could be a solid move for the Vikings and could end up changing their season for the best. Ponder just isn’t cutting it.