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Josh Freeman jumps ship to Minnesota Vikings

Quarterback Josh Freeman has gone from the pirate ship to the Vikings ship. Is he the answer in Minnesota?

Quarterback Josh Freeman has gone from the pirate ship to the Vikings ship. Is he the answer in Minnesota?

The Minnesota Vikings (1-3) have agreed to a one-year deal worth about $3 million with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4) starting quarterback Josh Freeman.

What it means

The Vikings already have starter Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel on the depth chart. Ponder, who sat out last week with bruised ribs, was a first-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Josh Freeman was a 2009 first-round pick.

A Vikings source has told ESPN: “I think Josh Freeman is a good player. We just have to figure out where things went wrong in Tampa Bay so we can help him. He is too young not to progress.”

This sounds like a bad sign for Christian Ponder, who at 25 is the same age as Josh Freeman. Do the Vikings feel like Ponder has reached his plateau?

It is hard to imagine that Freeman will come in and start right away, but judging by the size of Freeman’s contract, and a 1-3 start by the Vikings who reached the playoffs last year, it seems likely he will take over at some point in the season.

The race is still wide open in the NFC North; both the Chicago Bears (3-2) and Detroit Lions (3-2) were handed losses yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Vikings are gearing up to play a pair of teams that are struggling and have combined for a single win: against the Carolina Panthers (1-3) in Week 6 and at the New York Giants (0-5) in Week 7. A couple of victories here would put the Vikings right back in contention.

Comparing quarterbacks

In 2012, Christian Ponder’s best season, he completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 2,935 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He also fumbled five times. Through three games this year, he has completed 59 percent of his passes for 691 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions.

Freeman’s best campaign was in 2010, when he lead the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record, completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 3,451 yards, 25 touchdowns, and only six interceptions and fumbling five times.

Last year, Freeman was able to put up over 4,000 yards and a career-high 27 touchdowns. However, he threw 17 interceptions and completed only 54.8 percent of his passes. In three games this year, Freeman has a completion rate of 45.7 percent, accumulating 571 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Is Freeman the answer?

Freeman does seem to have a higher ceiling than Ponder.

The Minnesota offense is run through 2012 MVP running back Adrian Peterson, not the quarterback, so all the Vikings need is someone who can take advantage of defenses stacking the box and protect the ball. Freeman proved he can do last year with rookie running back Doug Martin.

The 2014 draft looks to be loaded with quarterback potential. Can Freeman be just good enough to keep the Vikings from drafting a top franchise quarterback? Do they really think Freeman is their man?

It is clear they are not ready to give up on the 2013 season — and they shouldn’t. They still have a legitimate chance to make the playoffs.

Now it’s time to see if Josh Freeman can reinvent himself in Vikings purple.

1142 comments
rocketman6969
rocketman6969

Going into week 5 last season, the Falcons defense had 7 INTs. Going into week 5 this season, they have less than half that number (3).

adambballn
adambballn

Any truth to the rumor that the Bears have contact Vince about coming in for a tryout at DT?

JVince 11
JVince 11

So GB outright benched Micah Hyde now?  I don't think I see him on the field at all any more..


Shields and House out wide and Tramon in the slot...


we need hayward back.. BAD

LSU4LIFE
LSU4LIFE

I think people have every right to rip on Romo,this guy has been choking in big moments from he fumbled the snap in Seattle,he's not a rookie or young player,at some point he has to come through in big moments,How many times is he going to prove people right by making a dumb descision in a big moment in a game,whether it be October or January,fuck same old Jay,it should be same old Romo.

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

Finley is gone after this year. Hands down. Hes gonna want too much $

Big Deal
Big Deal

CJ hurting his knee is one thing.

But Burleson having a broken arm because he's trying to double-decker a slice from the passenger seat while driving is not an accident. That's just a natural result of Detroit continuing to sign morons to their team.

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

@LSU4LIFE Choke implies he made a horrible throw or threw into double coverage or across his body or whatever on that INT, and that's not what happened.

51 points by Denver is a choke by Dallas' defense, not Romo. You score 48 points, you should win.

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

@Staffords_Glove That scenario seems likely to me, but I dunno. He surprises me at times with saying/doing the right thing when i've come to expect the other from him.

JVince 11
JVince 11

@Staffords_Glove Quarless and Bostick are almost as good as receivers as he is.. but are both better blockers.

LaCW
LaCW

@Little Cheese I would give a shit that CJ was gone if Matt Flynn didn't beat the Lions and set records doing so in 2011

LSU4LIFE
LSU4LIFE

@jwoude23 bear down @LSU4LIFE I am not blaming him for the loss,but people have the right to rip him,games take on their own course,but when a game winning play needs to be made,you can't make dumb decisions.

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

@LSU4LIFE @jwoude23 bear down Watch that replay. It was not a dumb decision. The throw needed to be in front of the receiver to reach out and catch, and instead it was at the receiver, so the LB could make a leaping grab. Couple more inches, the LB leaps and whiffs, and the TE is 20+ yards downfield. That's how close it was.

nonstradamus
nonstradamus

If Johnson were healthy, I am by no means convinced it would have been a Packers victory.