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Josh Freeman could pick a new team this weekend

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Free agent quarterback Josh Freeman may be a free agent no longer as soon as this weekend.

A league source tells PFT that Freeman could pick a new team by Sunday night.

What we don’t know, however, is which teams are interested. And if any teams are interested at all, they’re doing a remarkably good job of keeping that interest quiet. Other than the Bills basically saying all options are on the table while EJ Manuel is recovering from a knee injury, no team has even publicly acknowledged the possibility of signing Freeman.

And that makes sense, as no team would want to identify itself as interested in Freeman, only to see him sign with someone else. So we may not hear of any team having interest in Freeman until that team brings Freeman into the fold. Which could happen as soon as the end of Sunday’s games.

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  1. gilvick1 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:11 PM

    Not sure why this guy is getting interest. Had a good o line, good young running back, and vincent jackson to throw it to, and still couldnt muster up any type of numbers.

  2. sc711 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:17 PM

    It’s all scheme, look at how Rivers is doing this year….Freeman, in the right system will explode.

  3. howiehandles says: Oct 5, 2013 3:20 PM

    Rivers has done it before. Freeman is too much of a baby for me to sign.

  4. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: Oct 5, 2013 3:21 PM

    gilvick1 says:
    Oct 5, 2013 3:11 PM
    Not sure why this guy is getting interest. Had a good o line, good young running back, and vincent jackson to throw it to, and still couldnt muster up any type of numbers.

    Maybe because he is 25 and has led a team to the playoffs. He’s 100x better than Tebow and that joke got work from 3 teams

  5. xofootballer says: Oct 5, 2013 3:23 PM

    Wow!
    This weekend?
    Where will this great unrecognized franchise QB land?!
    The world waits breathlessly….

  6. sterilizecromartie says: Oct 5, 2013 3:27 PM

    It’s Oakland.

  7. j0esixpack says: Oct 5, 2013 3:28 PM

    Cool – so the Patriots get to face him again?

  8. wryly1 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:30 PM

    Of course another equally reasonable possibility is that Freeman’s camp is trying to drum up some competition for his services when there currently are no seriously interested takers.

  9. northstarsmitty says: Oct 5, 2013 3:31 PM

    The Bucs actually have a banged up, underperforming OL this year, while Vincent Jackson does what he does best, get overhyped- show up for 1 game, disappear for a few, then come back again. Plus look who’s coaching Freeman. He deserves a shot, a new system could pay off for him. It’s up to Freeman to prove to everyone he has what it takes when he gets another shot soon

  10. thegonz13 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:31 PM

    Quick question: Is the team in question even aware it’s interested in Freeman or is this just a cheap ploy to drum up interest?

  11. malkinrulez says: Oct 5, 2013 3:31 PM

    Freeman was a good quarterback and will be again. You heard it here first. By the way he set franchise records last year for the Bucs, problem in Tampa is Schiano who made it his mission to run Freeman out of town

  12. silencethecritics says: Oct 5, 2013 3:31 PM

    Maybe because he is 25 and has led a team to the playoffs.

    —————

    Wrong. He’s never been to the playoffs. And probably never will unless he’s on the bench as a back up. He’s been a losing QB through out college and in the Pros.

    1 good season in college out of 3 and 1 good season in the pros out of 5… There’s a pattern there. And it has nothing to do with coaching.

  13. sg419 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:32 PM

    Raiders

  14. 69finfan says: Oct 5, 2013 3:36 PM

    The team being picked has a say in this, right?

  15. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 5, 2013 3:36 PM

    Pretty sure he would be the best QB in Jacksonville. Or if he was patient he could be a backup for Brady, Manning, or another older, polished vet who knows how to win in the league.

  16. fishfiletkray says: Oct 5, 2013 3:36 PM

    It’s gotta be the raiders

  17. bucwild05 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:37 PM

    titusyoungslegalcounsel says:Oct 5, 2013 3:21 PM

    gilvick1 says:
    Oct 5, 2013 3:11 PM
    Not sure why this guy is getting interest. Had a good o line, good young running back, and vincent jackson to throw it to, and still couldnt muster up any type of numbers.

    Maybe because he is 25 and has led a team to the playoffs. He’s 100x better than Tebow and that joke got work from 3 teams

    ??????????????? When? When did he take the Buccaneers to the playoffs? I’ve been watching every year, so I thought….

    DON’T WRITE SOMETHING UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.

  18. bucrightoff says: Oct 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    Josh Freeman led us to the playoffs? Must have slept through that one.

  19. wamaha says: Oct 5, 2013 3:42 PM

    I’ve never seen this much attention paid to a QB that is so irrelevant.

    Where’s Tebow when you need him…….

  20. logicalvoiceseys says: Oct 5, 2013 3:42 PM

    Bengals

  21. bucrightoff says: Oct 5, 2013 3:42 PM

    And actually hes not better than Tebow. Freeman is below Tebows completion percentage this year, and oh yeah at least Jesus reincarnate has a playoff win. And don’t give me the team carrying him part because the Bucs team around Freeman this year was better than that Broncos team and still wasn’t any good.

  22. coltzfan166 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:43 PM

    It’s the Bills

  23. keltictim says: Oct 5, 2013 3:47 PM

    How did schiano run him out of town? He had the chance to dump him and draft or free agent pick up change qbs he didn’t. Everything seemed pretty good until freeman started missing team meetings and acting pretty diva like. And that to his play and is say josh ran himself out of town. God forbid he be held accountable for his actions.

  24. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 5, 2013 3:51 PM

    …. and the team Josh Freeman picked….

    you guessed it: Subway.

  25. nfl4days says: Oct 5, 2013 3:53 PM

    Kinda hard to complete passes when your WRs drop them. He also has a low completion percentage because he hardly throws the ball compared to other QBS.

  26. cowboysspurs88 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:56 PM

    It’s obviously going to be the Bucs. Schiano will resign this kid to a 20 year 200 million dollar deal and say the whole thing was an elaborate scheme to get the kid a big contract. Freeman will proceed to win 15 straight NFL titles. At least that’s what happened on Madden 25.

  27. orlandodawg says: Oct 5, 2013 3:59 PM

    I can’t understand why my Browns aren’t giving this guy a sniff test at least.

    Cleveland is in first place. No other team in the AFC North looks like world beaters (at this point at least).

    It’s 1 of 3 things. 1. They trust Weeden. 2. There are things about Freeman we don’t know. 3. Banner and Lombardi want us, (to borrow a phrase from Major League) to finish dead last…to draft Johnny Football……

  28. racksie says: Oct 5, 2013 3:59 PM

    Nothing says it’s an NFL team…

  29. beeronthefridge says: Oct 5, 2013 4:01 PM

    If the 49ers pick Freeman, it’s over baby.

    hand them the Superbowl trophy now!

  30. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 5, 2013 4:04 PM

    The Black Brady Quinn.

  31. silkyjohnson937 says: Oct 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    My guess would be he is choosing between the bills and browns right now and probably waiting to see if a qb gets hurt on Sunday to add an option of a playoff caliber team to be interested in him.

  32. EJ says: Oct 5, 2013 4:14 PM

    He might not want to come to Buffalo, because the second EJ Manuel is healthy, Freeman would be headed to the bench. The Bills are 100% behind their Franchise QB and the only Quarterback’s that would be able to unseat him are Peyton Manning and possibly Tom Brady. I don’t even think Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck would change the front office or coaching staff’s mind on Manuel. I don’t think Freeman is coming to Buffalo.

  33. seachicken64 says: Oct 5, 2013 4:14 PM

    nfl4days says he has a lower completion percentage because he throws fewer passes? Did I miss something in my statistics class? If you are 10 of 20 on thrown balls, passing another 10 does not guarantee you are going to complete more than 50% of them.

  34. iceedteaa says: Oct 5, 2013 4:41 PM

    wasnt freemans fault doug martin sucks

  35. gb4mn0 says: Oct 5, 2013 4:42 PM

    MN must be signing him. Since this is their bye week they’re delaying the announcement until Sunday evening to avoid being the butt of a bunch of well deserved jokes by all the Sunday NFL TV panels.

  36. pioniere says: Oct 5, 2013 4:46 PM

    Not sure why so many people on this list are quick to blame Freeman or the Bucs without knowing all of the facts. This will probably all come out in the wash eventually.

    In any case, Freeman *did* put up 4,200 yards of total offense last year, and the Bucs had a top 10 offense to go with a 29th ranked defense. Not too shabby, and probably worth taking a chance on for the right team.

  37. crappygovernment says: Oct 5, 2013 4:47 PM

    TB = Tebow Bay!

  38. straightoutballin says: Oct 5, 2013 4:47 PM

    It would possibly be interesting to see him as a back up to Jay Cutler in Chicago. Solid QB coach, would have time to learn the playbook, and Jay’s a free agent next year. If they can sign him for league minimum, what’s the worst that can happen?

  39. fattyspice says: Oct 5, 2013 4:49 PM

    The playcalling for the Bucs has been horrible: nothing but deep bombs available with no intermediate routes. Even Manning or Rodgers would struggle in that system. I hope Freeman gets another chance somewhere.

  40. rjkilla says: Oct 5, 2013 4:50 PM

    freeman wasn’t the problem in tampa. it’s the coach as a bunch of unidentified players on that roster have said. but why let the facts get in the way

  41. mauricecalhoun0211 says: Oct 5, 2013 4:51 PM

    The reason someone is going to take a chance on freeman is because he is good enough. Probably won’t ever be elite but with good coaching can do some things with the right team. I’m a bucs fan and hate that we got rid of him. Yeah he has had 4 years not 5 this is his 5th year but 1 year a rookie and 2 years with no running back, no recievers and no tight end, and no defense isn’t the best way to help your qb be successful. He only had Doug Martin and v jax for 1 year and he did pretty good things for the bucs. The defense cost us most of those games last year and besides the horrible 4 games at the end of the season he played well. 25tds and 8int up to that point. I think he was trying to do too much at the end. Anyways sorry about the long post just seems a lot of people don’t have their facts straight

  42. dsertandy says: Oct 5, 2013 4:58 PM

    Cardinals

  43. prmpft says: Oct 5, 2013 5:00 PM

    I am sure that is PC and all – but in reality, it is the other way around is it not?

  44. dkrause71 says: Oct 5, 2013 5:01 PM

    He might not want to come to Buffalo, because the second EJ Manuel is healthy, Freeman would be headed to the bench. The Bills are 100% behind their Franchise QB and the only Quarterback’s that would be able to unseat him are Peyton Manning and possibly Tom Brady. I don’t even think Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck would change the front office or coaching staff’s mind on Manuel. I don’t think Freeman is coming to Buffalo.

    —————————————
    If that is true then that explains why they have sucked since Kelly retired. No one sane would pass on Rodgers or Luck for Manuel.

  45. mauricecalhoun0211 says: Oct 5, 2013 5:02 PM

    I think Minnesota would be the best landing spot he would definitely be an upgrade over ponder and it would give the Vikings the rest of the season to decide if they want to keep him or not all at the minimum vet salary.

  46. tom48212 says: Oct 5, 2013 5:04 PM

    Put a fork in him. He is done.

  47. raiderrob21 says: Oct 5, 2013 5:05 PM

    49ers backups are Colt Mccoy and John Skelton how can they not go after Freeman???????

  48. brassknuckles47 says: Oct 5, 2013 5:06 PM

    Who could the team that wants Freeman be? Obviously, he doesn’t want to be a back-up, so teams that would insert him immediately would be: (1) Browns(2) Jags(3) Raiders

    If there is REALLY is someone interested in Freeman, I believe the Browns or Jags are the ones. They don’t take team photos until April.

  49. nfl4days says: Oct 5, 2013 5:08 PM

    seachicken64 No genius, im saying each incompletion hurts more. If you throw 20 passes, make 9, but 4 incompletions are drops then your 65% completion just dropped to 45% based off of 4 passed.

  50. kwjsb says: Oct 5, 2013 5:11 PM

    “Josh Freeman picks the Bronco’s, Bronco’s say Np Thanks.
    Freeman picks the Patriots, they say No Thanks,
    Freeman picks the Chargers, they say No Thanks
    Freeman picks the Colts, they say No Thanks
    Freeman picks the Jets, They ask what size are your shoes…

  51. silencethecritics says: Oct 5, 2013 5:13 PM

    freeman wasn’t the problem in tampa. it’s the coach as a bunch of unidentified players on that roster have said. but why let the facts get in the way

    ———————————

    So a source who refuses to mention names says a bunch of players are unhappy with the coach. You take that as a fact?

    But why let unbias opinions get in the way.

  52. vaughnjoe says: Oct 5, 2013 5:24 PM

    Theres a few issues with freeman. I’d expect he could become a better player by backing up a quality veteran. (Jacksonville) >_>

  53. thistruthis4u says: Oct 5, 2013 5:27 PM

    If he signs with the Bills he’s guaranteed a multi week audition for other teams ahead of free agency in 2014. Not too many other teams can promise that.

  54. markburst says: Oct 5, 2013 5:28 PM

    Freeman was doing well and progressing until Schiano became the coach and turned the team into a laughing stock…

  55. silencethecritics says: Oct 5, 2013 5:33 PM

    Freeman was doing well and progressing until Schiano became the coach and turned the team into a laughing stock…

    ———————————

    Wrong. Freeman has been regressing since the 2010 season. Thats before Schiano got here. A couple years before.

    Clearly some of you have no clue what you are talking about.

  56. pillsbury13 says: Oct 5, 2013 5:45 PM

    I wonder if those who say he doesn’t have talent are aware that he finished NINTH in passing yards last year, ahead of Eli, Schaub, Flacco, Rivers, Roethlisberger… They weren’t losing games last year because of him! Clearly he has SOME talent and ability!

  57. rohlo says: Oct 5, 2013 5:48 PM

    sc711 says:
    Oct 5, 2013 3:17 PM
    It’s all scheme, look at how Rivers is doing this year….Freeman, in the right system will explode.

    ——————-

    REALLY SC711???

    IT ISNT THE SCHEME RIVERS IS IN.HE IS GETTING GREAT OFfensive line work.rivers was off last few seasons due to injuries at key positions and his oline sucking.rivers had v jackson before and jackson and him did well.freeman is a very innacurate qb and was overhyped imo. no excuses for freeman to be struggling like he was this year.he has talent around him.he is not a leader,u can tell by the way he is on the field.not very vocal on commanding the offense! rivers had a bump in the road but has put up the numbers since he became a starter in 2006.river has led his team to the playoffs as well. when rivers has time to pass he is good! v jackson is a stud,im sure the chargers would take him back in a heartbeat now that gm aj smith is gone!

  58. madkaw3 says: Oct 5, 2013 5:51 PM

    That last statement is right on. Freeman has regressed. He is mentally unfit for the NFL.

  59. wjmoffatt says: Oct 5, 2013 5:55 PM

    titusyoungslegalcounsel says:
    Oct 5, 2013 3:21 PM
    gilvick1 says:
    Oct 5, 2013 3:11 PM
    Not sure why this guy is getting interest. Had a good o line, good young running back, and vincent jackson to throw it to, and still couldnt muster up any type of numbers.

    Maybe because he is 25 and has led a team to the playoffs. He’s 100x better than Tebow and that joke got work from 3 teams
    ————————————————————

    When did he take us to the playoffs? HE NEVER HAS.

  60. bobl242 says: Oct 5, 2013 6:02 PM

    It will be the Eagles. Vick’s on the last year of his contract. Bring Freeman in now and see if he’s a good fit for this offense. If not you cut him at the end of the year.

  61. bgm9876 says: Oct 5, 2013 6:20 PM

    He should have just stayed with the bucs.

  62. phinfan says: Oct 5, 2013 6:21 PM

    Gee i wonder what cfl team picks him

  63. bgm9876 says: Oct 5, 2013 6:21 PM

    I hope the Bills don’t sign him.

  64. ramitbaby says: Oct 5, 2013 6:40 PM

    Heres a haiku:

    Winner soon revealed
    Jamarcus Freeman sweepstakes
    How the world awaits

  65. akasaintsbaby says: Oct 5, 2013 6:42 PM

    Led Bucs to the playoffs??? LMAO, the Bucs in the playoffs…..

  66. lazrrocketarm says: Oct 5, 2013 6:45 PM

    What about Philly? Dont think any of the backups fit the scheme, and Vick probably is gone after this year.

  67. johnnyprc says: Oct 5, 2013 6:48 PM

    I am shocked Jags haven’t signed him yet, unless they tried and he wasn’t interested.

  68. shaggyjeff says: Oct 5, 2013 7:18 PM

    freeman was 1 of only 10 QB’s last year to throw for 4000 yards …. Bucs had the worse pass defense in league history last year. ….

    With good coaching the guy can be a stud QB . s a freeman fan I hope he goes to Browns or the Raidahs !

  69. hatesycophants says: Oct 5, 2013 7:19 PM

    Hey silencethecritics, we already know why you don’t like Freeman. No need to oversell it.

  70. jagsallday says: Oct 5, 2013 7:24 PM

    the Jaguars did you see him tremendously

  71. thetooloftools says: Oct 5, 2013 7:44 PM

    Freeman doesn’t really care were he ends up because Tampa Bay is just a hot mess. The players hate the coach and know he’s an amateur. Total waste. nothing personal, but he is in way over his head.

  72. flipola says: Oct 5, 2013 7:47 PM

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

  73. outlawshark says: Oct 5, 2013 7:51 PM

    Freeman did not take the Bucs to the playoffs in 2010. However, out of 12 playoff teams, only 6 had a better record than Tampa at 10-6. Freeman made his own share of mistakes, but he could be successful again given some time to re-examine his situation, and in the right system. If he insists on starting now, that will hurt his chances.

  74. thehuddleisondeathrow says: Oct 5, 2013 8:03 PM

    Fire Schiano and move on.

  75. blackhawks2010 says: Oct 5, 2013 8:16 PM

    Freeman’s new team should be in the Arena league.

  76. dirtydrew says: Oct 5, 2013 8:26 PM

    Buffalo…hello.

  77. seatownballers says: Oct 5, 2013 9:04 PM

    Bills don’t want the drama, raiders can’t afford him

  78. edavidberg says: Oct 5, 2013 10:57 PM

    Freeman can afford to pick and choose. I’m not sure if any teams are going to commit tomthe guy as a franchise QB but as a back up or a temporary fill in he’d be great. He has to decide if he’s going to backup on a good team or go to a temporary situation like Buffalo or Oakland.

  79. dawsonleery says: Oct 5, 2013 11:14 PM

    Freeman took the 2010 Bucs to a 10-6 record under Raiders OC, Greg Olson….. Hmmmmm. I wonder where he wants to play?

  80. r8dernation says: Oct 5, 2013 11:28 PM

    He land with someone. He’s better than most back ups in the league. And he has experience starting. That said, he better be realistic with his price tag.

  81. keifer1751 says: Oct 6, 2013 2:28 AM

    The problem in Tampa was not Josh Freeman. The problem in Tampa is GREG SCHIANO. The Bucs have an all pro roster with a Pop Warner coach. Run him out of town and ship his buddy, Mark Dominik, with him.

  82. jimmyjames65 says: Oct 6, 2013 9:33 AM

    I had the Bucs as a possible playoff team before pre-season. After watching them play the Ravens in the pre-season, the Bucs are good minus Freeman.

  83. biggmarcus24 says: Oct 6, 2013 12:55 PM

    Josh Freeman should sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. They’re terrible and they can really use an upgrade at the quarterback position.

  84. buffsabre1 says: Oct 6, 2013 1:01 PM

    I don’t foresee the Bills as the next stop for Freeman, just doesn’t make much sense for Freeman or the Bills. Freeman probably wants a long term situation and the Bills Franchise QB is EJ Manuel right now, the city of Buffalo does not need any more drama on top of the Byrd drama. The team that makes the most sense for both parties would be Minnesota. You have a great running attack to take some pressure off the QB and lets be honest Ponder is not the franchise QB everyone thought he would be, its time to move on. Now Arizona would also be interesting, as they have a decent defense and some great receivers along with an aging QB in Palmer. I think either of those teams are high on Freeman’s list. And I guess you could throw Jags and raiders into the mix…but they are probably his 3rd or 4th option.

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