At this point, it almost seemed as though everyone had forgotten about free agent quarterback Josh Freeman, who hadn’t received any sort of known interest since hitting the open market.
Despite his disastrous 2013 campaign that saw him be released by the Buccaneers and take a nose dive with the Vikings, Freeman still offers a sliver of starter potential. The former first-round pick was a quality starter for the Buccaneers during his first few years in the NFL, but a volatile relationship with former Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano brought his time with the team to a tumultuous end.
After signing with the Vikings, Freeman was given one opportunity to prove his worth. During his one appearance against the New York Giants, he turned in one of the worst single-game performances in NFL history. He looked absolutely lost, throwing miserable passes that often landed nearly ten yards away from their intended targets. It was a complete disaster that earned him a permanent spot on the Minnesota bench.
Still, Chicago is an ideal landing spot for Freeman.
With the Bears, Freeman would have an opportunity to work with quarterback guru Marc Trestman, who took journeyman Josh McCown and turned him into a legitimate starter in 2013. Freeman has the tools to be a quality quarterback, and would greatly benefit from playing under Trestman.
To top it off, Chicago would offer Freeman a chance to play. Although Cutler is the clear starter, he’s missed 12 games in the last three years due to injury. His standing as an injury-prone passer seems ideal for whoever earns that No. 2 role. If he were signed, Freeman would only have to beat out Jordan Palmer for the backup job.
While a signing is far from imminent, Freeman would be a good fit in Chicago. If the Bears feel he can bounce back from his horrendous showing in 2013, they’d be getting themselves a high-upside backup.
We’ll see soon if anything materializes from this visit.