Minneapolis, MN - According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Josh Freeman is seriously considering re-signing with the Minnesota Vikings when he fits free agency this offseason. The Vikings acquired Freeman after he was waived by the Buccaneers earlier this season, but hasn’t seen much time on the field after struggling badly in his debut. Freeman is in his fifth NFL season and has been a major disappointment thus far.
Through four games this season split between the Buccaneers and Vikings, Freeman threw for 761 yards and two touchdowns. He also through four interceptions in those four games and showed a lack of decision making that is extremely discouraging for a fifth year quarterback.
Many analysts didn’t expect Freeman to be interested in re-signing with the Vikings following the lack of playing time that he received. All that being said, Freeman has made it clear that the coaching staff has given him reasons that they are not putting him on the field, but he did not reveal what those reasons were.
“I definitely have interest in coming back, for sure. It’s a great organization, a great team.” - Josh Freeman
It remains to be seen whether or not the Vikings will want to look into re-signing Freeman. They certainly didn’t use him the way that many were expecting they would despite poor quarterback play from the other two options, Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel.
Freeman will become a free agent on March 11th and there will likely be a fair amount of interest in him as a backup quarterback. It’s highly unlikely that a team will sign him to be their starting quarterback, especially with the 2014 NFL Draft class having quite a few good quarterbacks. It will be very interesting to see what happens in free agency, but Freeman will have to accept that his struggles so far will scare teams away from signing him as a starter.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.