When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Josh Freeman last season, the Oakland Raiders were considered one of the top teams in the race to land his services. They weren’t the winners, though, instead watching the quarterback sign a $3 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings.
Well now he’s a free agent again after being released by the New York Giants on Friday, which could be the final opportunity for Oakland to land Freeman – that is, if they even have room for him.
As of right now, the Raiders appear set at quarterback with Matt Schaub, Derek Carr, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards all on the roster. Schaub is the current starter, with Carr nipping at his heels. McGloin is a solid No. 3 option who has the potential to develop into a quality backup down the road. Edwards is a camp arm who likely has no greater purpose than throwing the football and providing some veteran leadership.
While they certainly seem set, the Raiders can’t be ruled out as a team capable of throwing a wild card into the mix.
If they were to sign Freeman, he would likely replace Edwards as the No. 4 quarterback during camp with the opportunity to unseat McGloin as the No. 3. It seems unlikely at this time considering how hard he tanked with the Vikings and how quickly the Giants disposed of him, but crazier things have happened in Oakland.
Assuming they signed him to a cheap, non-guaranteed deal, the Raiders wouldn’t be making the worst decision bringing in Freeman. However, he’s an extreme longshot who likely won’t make it to training camp.
Still, if Mark Davis sees something in Freeman, you better believe a deal will materialize.