Josh Freeman isn’t a name that you’ve heard lately but we all vaguely remember him. To help jog your memory he was signed in October 7th after being waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Two weeks into being a quarterback for the Vikings Freeman was asked to start on October 21st against the New York Giants. But after completing just 20 of 53 passes in a 23-7 road loss, he hasn’t played since.
But even after only playing one disastrous game, Freeman insisted Friday he would consider re-signing next season with the Vikings.
“I definitely have interest in coming back, for sure,” Freeman said. “It’s a great organization, a great team.”
But Coach Leslie Frazier has declined to offer specifics about why Freeman hasn’t been given another chance. Freeman said he has been given reasons, but he also declined to divulge them.
“It’s a conversation between me and the coaches,” said Freeman, who signed a one-year deal with the Vikings worth $2 million.
After Sunday’s season finale against Detroit at the Metrodome, Freeman has a Monday flight out of the Twin Cities. He expects at some point to talk to the Vikings about his future. He officially becomes a free agent March 11.
“I’ve never been a free agent before,” said the five-year pro, who spent his first four seasons playing for Tampa Bay. “But I imagine that’s part of the process.”
It seems unlikely the Vikings would want to bring Freeman back after he struggled against the Giants. But it is still up in the air as to what is actually going to happen with Freeman.
Even though he said he has interest in returning, he doesn’t expect it’s anything he will address immediately after the season.
“It’s not something I’m going to sit down and be like, ‘Do I have interest or not?” Freeman said. “I’ll just kind of know how it feels (as time goes on). I’ve enjoyed my time very much here. Great guys on the team. Minneapolis, great city.”
Freeman will spend most of the offseason in Tampa, where he has a home. His plans are simple enough. “Just continue to work out and get ready to compete next year,” he said.