One tweet from one of Josh Freeman’s agent let the sports world know that Freeman was officially a Viking. His agent, Erik Burkhardt, wrote on his Twitter account, “Vikings!!!” at 10:31p.m. CT.
And with that the Vikings agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the quarterback. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round pick was pursued by several teams but ultimately picked the Vikings.
Although the Vikings are 1-3, Freeman clearly saw the positives on offense, most notably reigning MVP Adrian Peterson. The Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills were among the other clubs interested in Freeman.
The 17th pick in the 2009 NFL draft Freeman was released Friday by the Buccaneers.
It’s been a steep fall for Freeman, last season he passed for 4,065 yards and completed 27 touchdowns against 17 interceptions for a passer rating of 81.6. His best season though was in 2010, when he had a passer rating of 95.9 and finished with 25 touchdown passes against six interceptions.
This season has been quite a different story though; Freeman has completed just 45.7 percent of his passes and has a passer rating of 59.3 during the team’s winless start.
According to Fox Sports, the Vikings wanted Freeman to sign a two-year deal but the quarterback insisted on one.
Freeman certainly wants some stability because of the ugly soap opera he was in with the Bucs.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano reportedly ordered Freeman to watch a game he was benched for from a suite instead of from the sideline with his teammates.
Then, news emerged that Freeman was in the NFL’s drug treatment program, prompting an investigation by the NFL Players Association since such those issues are highly confidential.
There also were reports that Freeman was fined at least five times for missing meetings and conducting an unauthorized interview.
Despite all that made for TV drama the Vikings saw Freeman near his best last season.
In a 36-17 Buccaneers victory at Mall of America Field, Freeman completed 19 of 36 passes for 262 yards with three touchdowns and no turnovers.
In 2011, Freeman was 22 of 31 for 243 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 24-20 Bucs win at Mall of America Field.
But the Vikings are not shopping Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel. So it will be interesting to see how our own never ending quarterback issues play out.