At some point this offseason, the Oakland Raiders must address the quarterback position. If they think free agent Josh Freeman could be answer to their problems, though, they’re dead wrong.
Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area predicted that Freeman will be the Raiders’ starting quarterback come Week 1, noting they were heavily interested in acquiring him when he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early in the 2013 campaign. Just because they were interested in him at one time doesn’t mean the feeling is still alive and well.
The connection that does make some sense is the one between Freeman and Raiders OC Greg Olson, who was the young quarterback’s position coach during their days together with the Buccaneers. Olson desperately needs a new man under center, but the connection doesn’t mean that Freeman is the quick fix the Raiders are looking for.
After falling out of favor in Tampa Bay last season, Freeman joined the Minnesota Vikings and was expected to take over as their starter. That, however, didn’t quite work out as planned.
Instead, Freeman flopped in his first start for the Vikings, completing 20 of his 53 passes for 190 yards and one interception. It was one of the worst performances by any quarterback of the entire 2013 season.
So why would Freeman be a better option under center than Matt McGloin or Terrelle Pryor? It’s not to say that either of those gunslingers are ready to assert themselves as quality starters, but they can’t be any worse than what Freeman has shown as of late.
With several capable free agents available such as Michael Vick or Matt Cassel, the Raiders would be wise to avoid Freeman at all costs. Taking a risk on a career underachiever simply shouldn’t be an option.