Christian Ponder’s Injury Should Open Door For Josh Freeman, But It Won’t
Christian Ponder left the Minnesota Vikings‘ Thursday night game with an injured right shoulder and Matt Cassel entered as the new quarterback. If you’re anything like me then you probably sat there asking yourself “Why don’t they just play Josh Freeman? I mean, they gave him all that money — right?” Well, the Vikings did sign Freeman earlier this year, but he was a healthy scratch for Thursday’s game.
Meanwhile, Freeman is likely thinking of ways to spend the three million dollars that the Vikings will be paying him this season. Only Minnesota would go out on a limb to “save” Freeman from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just have him pace on the sidelines with a clipboard in hand. Sure, Freeman looked awful in his only action with the Vikings a few weeks back, but does Cassel really bring more to the table than Freeman?
In addition, Freeman is a free agent after the season, which means he inches closer to the open market each day. If the Vikings really want to see what they have in Freeman, then why is Minnesota keeping him out of games just because? The world may never know.
On a positive note, Ponder looked excellent before going down to injury and Cassel wasn’t half bad, either. However, the fact that Freeman wasn’t even suited up for this game shows that his once-promising career has truly hit rock bottom.