Former Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Josh Freeman has signed with the Minnesota Vikings, according to Mike Florio of NBC. Ian Rapoport says the deal is for one year and worth $3 million.
Initial rumors had Freeman landing with the Oakland Raiders. NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported that Freeman was looking for a starting gig, and had turned down offers elsewhere to be the backup. Signing with Minnesota would leave one to believe that Freeman will be the starter there as soon as he can pick up the offense.
While the Vikings are 1-3 and in fourth place in the NFC North, they are only one loss behind division leading Detroit and Chicago. Freeman would be an upgrade over Christian Ponder, who has dealt with injury and poor performance.
Freeman, 25, was the first round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009 after a solid career at Kansas State. He completed 58.2% of his passes for 13,534 yards, 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions over five seasons before the Buccaneers released him last week.
Motives for Freeman being released are a bit sketchy as word leaked out from with the Tampa Bay camp that Freeman was on medication for ADHD. Former Buccaneer Lawrence Tynes is filing a grievance against Tampa for how the team treated his MRSA infection. How much of Freeman’s poor season is due to issues within the Tampa organization and how much is due to Freeman’s ability something that has yet to be sorted out.