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Keep an eye on Raiders, Packers, Jags as potential Freeman destination

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If teams are interested in quarterback Josh Freeman, all (or at least most) leaks have been plugged.  For now.

And it makes sense.  As we’ve previously explained, teams with a starter on shaky ground invite only trouble if they let it be known they want Freeman, but fail to get him.

Still, a few names have bubbled up as Freeman gets closer to potentially picking a new team.  Though more rumor than fact at this point, we’re keeping an eye for now on three teams:  Raiders, Packers, and Jaguars.

The Raiders would be a mild surprise.  They like Terrelle Pryor, but Pryor has been only good, not great.  And Pryor arrived before G.M. Reggie McKenzie, who has whiffed on both Matt Flynn and Tyler Wilson.  Bringing in Freeman, who is still only 25, could lay the foundation for the kind of turnaround that McKenzie is trying to engineer.

The Packers would be no surprise.  They need a backup to Aaron Rodgers.  And the distraction would be nil because it’s not like Rodgers is getting benched.  (It also would keep Freeman away from a team like, say, the Vikings.)

The Jaguars previously had gotten out the word that they don’t want Freeman.  As we hear it, they may at least be considering it.  Of course, Freeman would have to want the Jaguars — at this particular point in time, why would he?

Others may be interested.  Over the next 24, we’ll be paying particular attention to those three.

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70 Responses to “Keep an eye on Raiders, Packers, Jags as potential Freeman destination”
  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 5, 2013 8:25 PM

    No, I won’t be keeping an eye on this !

  2. ern215 says: Oct 5, 2013 8:28 PM

    The raiders are not looking to pick up players with character issues, we just purged the team of internal problems and are not looking to sabotage this young fragile team.

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 5, 2013 8:28 PM

    Green Bay is a Hall of Fame QB factory, so I can see how the Packers would appeal to Freeman.

  4. jcbadger34 says: Oct 5, 2013 8:30 PM

    Oh please, stop pretending that there is any chance the Packers will sign Freeman.

    Freeman won’t want to go there, because there is no chance he will ever start.

    Ted Thompson won’t want to sign Freeman, because there’s no way he’s going to spend a million or so on a half-season rental of a backup QB who is never going to stick around after this year to stay as a backup.

    Just stop it.

  5. sarcasm says: Oct 5, 2013 8:31 PM

    That is some chase.

  6. bennyb82 says: Oct 5, 2013 8:31 PM

    Why would Freeman go to the Packers where he knows he won’t play unless Rodgers goes down? Rodgers is not leaving anytime soon. I guess if Freeman doesn’t want to play and still win, it would be perfect…

  7. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 5, 2013 8:33 PM

    I dont understand why the jaguars wouldn’t take a shot at this guy, gabbert is horrible and henne is a career backup at this point. Nothing to lose to try him out for a year? and the vikings! they dont even know what a qb throwing the ball more than 8 yards looks like with ponder. And he comes cheap..

  8. kevinb73 says: Oct 5, 2013 8:39 PM

    Long time Bucs fan. Never impressed with Freeman. Limited field-reading ability and focus. Teams should be cautious in considering this guy. Great person, just not a great quarterback.

  9. nfl4days says: Oct 5, 2013 8:40 PM

    The Vikings really need too give him a chance. Getting booted the way he did may have giving him the motivation he needed. At 1-3, And with two teams 3-1 possibly 4-1 AND a greenbay teams that always gets hot late, its not like they have much to lose.

  10. dbellina says: Oct 5, 2013 8:41 PM

    Watch some team like the Texans swoop in at the last minute and sign him.

  11. kenudo says: Oct 5, 2013 8:41 PM

    He would want the Jags because they offer him the best chance to take hold of a starting job…although only for now. He’d just be backing up Teddy Bridgewater in 12 games.

  12. bucrightoff says: Oct 5, 2013 8:42 PM

    Sorry but Terrelle Pryor will not be supplanted. He’s played better than Freeman has this year, has more upside and already knows the system. Besides Pryor is effectively the more mobile, more accurate version of Josh Freeman. As evidence from Flynn the Raiders need a backup, which is what Freeman is.

  13. peytonshead says: Oct 5, 2013 8:44 PM

    Please keep him away from the Vikings, Packers.

  14. yourmomsnewfriend says: Oct 5, 2013 8:47 PM

    ern215 says: Oct 5, 2013 8:28 PM

    The raiders are not looking to pick up players with character issues, we just purged the team of internal problems and are not looking to sabotage this young fragile team.

    - – -

    First of all, why are you referring to the Raiders as “we”? Are you speaking on behalf of their personnel department? I never understand that misplaced sense of ownership.

    Secondly, what makes you think they have “purged” anything? Bad players come and go. All teams have them. The Raiders’ GM hasn’t yet shown a strong ability to assess good talent, as evidenced by the innebility to even assign a starting QB this season, until the start of the regular season.

    Third, it’s already been confirmed that people inside the Raiders’ organization have spoken with Freeman. While that doesn’t mean they’re going to sign him, it also shows that they’re not convinced they have what they need in that position, and are willing to consider him as a possible solution.

  15. tannethrill says: Oct 5, 2013 8:47 PM

    He’s going to wait for a team on it’s way to the playoffs. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s already eliminated any team under .500.

  16. silencethecritics says: Oct 5, 2013 8:56 PM

    Really another article about this back up QB named Freeman?

  17. jbaxt says: Oct 5, 2013 8:57 PM

    I can think of several million reasons he’d like the Jags. Money talks, you know this.

  18. Grinds My Gear says: Oct 5, 2013 9:01 PM

    I like the fact that Raiders are included. Pryor is in his 3rd year, technically 2nd considering the suspension. So Pryor has been good, in his first season as a starter….Ok, how is Freeman going to be better? The guy is a mediocre QB, he’s the guy that didn’t want to be compared to JaMarcus Russell coming out of college, and so far he’s been a head case. I know Tampa isn’t the best place, but so far he has yet to prove to a “Big Ben” as he put it coming out of college.

    Just because Olson and Freeman used to work together doesn’t mean McKenzie will sign a headcase like Freeman. Besides, there is a bit of subliminal animosity towards Pryor. It’s like no one in media wants to give him a shot. The guy has been nothing but hard working since coming into the league. It’s far more than what could be said about Freeman.

  19. bennyb82 says: Oct 5, 2013 9:04 PM

    He should go to the Broncos and be their playoff/cold weather QB.

  20. crashdog says: Oct 5, 2013 9:05 PM

    elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 5, 2013 8:25 PM

    No, I won’t be keeping an eye on this !

    ———————————————————-

    But yet you were the first to comment on the story…………

  21. talonh says: Oct 5, 2013 9:05 PM

    yourmomsnewfriend says: Oct 5, 2013 8:47 PM

    First of all, why are you referring to the Raiders as “we”? Are you speaking on behalf of their personnel department? I never understand that misplaced sense of ownership.

    ———————-

    I’ve never understood why people get so worked up about “we” And how they can be so ignorant not to understand it.

    Any long time fan knows they will still be there cheering the team, when the current ownership, players, management and coaching staff are long gone.

    So yes “We” is entirely and always appropriate. And the league wouldn’t have it any other way.

  22. grandmastascottay says: Oct 5, 2013 9:11 PM

    I’m not sure he’d go to Jax even if they did want him. Theres no way he can look good with that rag-tag bunch. He’d be better waiting for a team with a QB injury with solid weapons to give himself a chance of landing a starting spot next year. Then man has 6 mill for the rest of the year, no need to rush into a stupid decision.

    Arizona has to be intrigued. Carson isnt the long term answer. He would be a good fit there with decent coaching.

  23. shaggyjeff says: Oct 5, 2013 9:13 PM

    Freeman is super talented, 25 yrs old , 6-6 240 and has 9 Buccaneer Franchise records…. Somebody is getting a great deal here..

    (Raphael says ) Lol @ silence the critics …

  24. mikes112291 says: Oct 5, 2013 9:15 PM

    I think the couch seems like a good destination

  25. teal379 says: Oct 5, 2013 9:26 PM

    Freeman should want to go to the Packers. Spend 2 years learning his craft and cash in.

    He’s young, can afford to do so at this point in his career.

    It worked for Flynn – look at the $$ he’s made because he backed up #12, could work for Josh.

  26. rickyspanish says: Oct 5, 2013 9:28 PM

    dbellina

    That’s interesting.

  27. obmig says: Oct 5, 2013 9:39 PM

    So he might go be a backup in Green Bay and you’re asking why he would consider the Jags? More $ and a starting job to begin with…

  28. natelan says: Oct 5, 2013 9:41 PM

    As a Chargers fan, I really don’t want Josh to pick the Raiders. The Raiders are trapped in a loser vortex of suck (a “blackhole” if you will), and this QB is the piece that could actually pull them out of it. We already have 3 competitive teams in our division, don’t need a 4th.

    On a side note, if Freeman is indeed content to play a backup role, I would love to have him behind Rivers instead of ol’ noodly-armed Clipboard Jesus Whitehurst.

  29. selmonfan63 says: Oct 5, 2013 9:42 PM

    Unless he resolves whatever personal demons he has, he is destined to be the dreaded journeyman.

  30. logicalvoiceseys says: Oct 5, 2013 9:42 PM

    Bengals, calling it.

  31. waltmink says: Oct 5, 2013 9:53 PM

    The Vikings are idiots if they don’t go after this guy. Ok, so they’re idiots anyway, but I’m just sayin’. They hung their hats on T Jack for way too long and now they’re hanging their hats on Ponder. Big mistake.

  32. symxfan says: Oct 5, 2013 9:53 PM

    Freeman kind of sucks .. I don’t think the Packers are worried about him coming into their division.

  33. thetooloftools says: Oct 5, 2013 9:55 PM

    I love how part timers just Purge the board when they get on duty and delete everything else.
    We are on to you

  34. seacat923 says: Oct 5, 2013 9:55 PM

    Smart teams won’t touch him. He’s troubled.

  35. egomaniac247 says: Oct 5, 2013 9:58 PM

    Unless he signs a 1 year contract and just wants to get his head right for the remainder of the season, there is no other remotely possible scenario where the Packers make sense.

    The guy has had successful seasons in the NFL as a starting QB. There is no chance he signs on to be a 2nd stringer behind a franchise QB, especially when there are teams out there desperate for a franchise QB.

  36. calibear831 says: Oct 5, 2013 10:00 PM

    Reggie mckenzie won’t make a move and bring Josh freeman in to the Raiders, he can’t afford to make another mistake at acquiring a QB like he did with Matt flynn and tyler Wilson! . . .so cross off the Raiders!

  37. silencethecritics says: Oct 5, 2013 10:01 PM

    Freeman is super talented, 25 yrs old , 6-6 240 and has 9 Buccaneer Franchise records…. Somebody is getting a great deal here..

    (Raphael says ) Lol @ silence the critics …

    —————————–

    Thats great. But all the talent in the world wont matter when you have no heart, brains or testicular fortitude. Oddly enough he is from Kansas.

    Laugh at that one.

  38. nawlinsmitty says: Oct 5, 2013 10:07 PM

    If he wants to learn how to play QB he will go to New Orleans. Besides, we have a way of rehabilitating players.

  39. chefbob52355 says: Oct 5, 2013 10:07 PM

    What about Cleveland? He and Weeden can take turns being unproductive

  40. raideralex99 says: Oct 5, 2013 10:09 PM

    How come every black QB that is out of a job is always linked to the Raiders.
    I guess losers attract losers.

  41. lackofsuprise says: Oct 5, 2013 10:14 PM

    I don’t think Freeman fits with the type of people the jaguars are bringing in.. Seem to like the vocal leader type and I don’t think freeman fits that role. I think they will wait to get the person they want instead of trying to plug the hole.. Plus with how bad the jags have been so far I wouldn’t think this would be the choice destination for any QB , as playing there might make his career go even worse than it is now.

  42. jwhitejagsquad says: Oct 5, 2013 10:20 PM

    Nah, don’t count the jags in…he wasn’t a Seahawks/patriots castoff

  43. packerpauly says: Oct 5, 2013 10:21 PM

    Oh please, stop pretending that there is any chance the Packers will sign Freeman.

    Freeman won’t want to go there, because there is no chance he will ever start.

    Ted Thompson won’t want to sign Freeman, because there’s no way he’s going to spend a million or so on a half-season rental of a backup QB who is never going to stick around after this year to stay as a backup.

    Just stop it.
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    Drop the hyperbole. Freeman is going to go wherever there is a paycheck being offered and if that is Green Bay, so be it. Freeman would be an upgrade over Seneca Wallace and TT holds most of the cards when it comes to a contract as beggars (Freeman) can’t be choosers.

  44. jredshoes says: Oct 5, 2013 10:29 PM

    Silencethecritic. Oddly enough he’s from Kansas City MISSOURI. You know about as much geography as you do football

  45. rnfornz says: Oct 5, 2013 10:35 PM

    Signing him now is a no-lose for Freeman and the Raiders, if they can agree on a deal. It looks like Pryor could be the real thing, but injury is still a concern and depth is questionable, with Flynn flaming out and getting demoted last week behind a street free agent. It’s clear Flynn’s roster spot at 6+ mil is going to disappear soon, so would make great sense to bring in Freeman on a one year deal as a backup to Pryor, with the opportunity to learn the offense while Pryor leads, and with the potential to step in if Pryor stumbles or gets injured.

  46. blackhawks2010 says: Oct 5, 2013 10:37 PM

    The suspense is killing me.

  47. thesmedman says: Oct 5, 2013 10:48 PM

    Jerry will shock everyone and bring him to Dallas.

  48. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 5, 2013 11:00 PM

    jredshoes says:
    Oct 5, 2013 10:29 PM
    Silencethecritic. Oddly enough he’s from Kansas City MISSOURI. You know about as much geography as you do football
    ——————

    The Chiefs are in Missouri as well.

  49. smedley61 says: Oct 5, 2013 11:05 PM

    Freeman goes to Oakland and an opportunity to start. Oakland releases Matt Flynn. Matt Flynn returns to Green Bay. Everything is right in the Cosmos. It could happen.

  50. coachbeck says: Oct 5, 2013 11:09 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him as backup in Cincy. He is better than josh johnson. And would give him some time to get his stuff together as still be on a winning team.

  51. bennyb82 says: Oct 5, 2013 11:17 PM

    Freeman is in a strange spot. He is probably not a franchise savior, but he has the potential to be one. The really bad teams might not want him because he could win them enough games to lose out on a good qb in the draft. Teams with a young qb might be frightened to sign him in case he outplays them thus creating a controversy. The Jets cant sign him because Geno is Rex’s job security.

  52. mythaimyke says: Oct 5, 2013 11:21 PM

    Please Reggie not Freeman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    He’s not an NFL QB and never will be!
    Start Matthew McGloin!

  53. wearethesteelers says: Oct 5, 2013 11:22 PM

    The Steelers laugh at Freeman and his family.

  54. upby3 says: Oct 5, 2013 11:33 PM

    Reggie already wiffed on flynn and wilson. If he picks up freeman I will drive to Oakland and fire Reg myself.

  55. tangysizzl says: Oct 5, 2013 11:53 PM

    Maybe Freeman is considering Green Bay because he wants his brain washed…

  56. earpaniac says: Oct 5, 2013 11:58 PM

    I have no idea why the Jags wouldn’t at least look. Their starter and backup are BAD. I’ve seen Gabbert play multiple games, and I’m not sure if he’s even a backup on 28-30 teams. I realize you spent a high pick and got to give the guy a chance. But he actually looks worse every year. After several years, he still looks like he has no idea how to run an offense. Freeman hasn’t looked great lately, but he’s already better than anything the Jags have. Unless they’re already playing for draft slot.

  57. egomaniac247 says: Oct 6, 2013 12:31 AM

    The guy needs a head coach with a backbone who’ll whip him back into the right mindset.

    He has the physical tools to succeed in the league. He has 2 years where his stats were acceptable as a starting NFL QB.

    So he’s shown he can do it…..a good coach could salvage him.

  58. conormacleod says: Oct 6, 2013 12:52 AM

    Highest bidder. Period. It really isn’t any more complicated than that.

  59. anhdazman says: Oct 6, 2013 12:53 AM

    Send Flynn back to GB for a 7th rounder. Agree to pay him 3 of the 6 million, GB can pay the other 3. GB gets their safety blanket back up QB. Oakland clears a spot.

    Sign on Freeman for the remainder of the year.

  60. slick50ks says: Oct 6, 2013 1:01 AM

    When TP is your starting QB, you’re looking at everyone.

  61. kenstabler says: Oct 6, 2013 1:11 AM

    The Raiders or Vikings make sense for Freeman. He would eventually have the chance to start for either one of them. If the Raiders sign him, Flynn is gone and ends up in Green Bay again.

    I am not sold on Pryor as a passer, and any competition is good competition for the Raiders. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson and Freeman might be a good fit. The Raiders need mobile QB’s with the O-line injury problems. Flynn was just terrible in his first start, and deserved the demotion.

    Freeman is a big upgrade over Flynn, I say roll the dice.

  62. kickrocks202 says: Oct 6, 2013 2:10 AM

    If Reggie brings him in, it says two things. One…he admits he was wrong on Flynn and is not afraid to say that in the public eye.
    Two….. He was wrong. To much money and draft picks, FAIL
    Everyone knows what NFL means when u make those decisions

  63. chi01town says: Oct 6, 2013 3:04 AM

    I dont see freeman in greenbay NOT if he still wants to play. But he will find a team

  64. flipola says: Oct 6, 2013 3:30 AM

    The Jags are already tanking the season. Gabbert can lose just as well as Freeman can.

  65. vegasgreek says: Oct 6, 2013 3:41 AM

    Josh Freeman signs with the Raiders and they are back in the playoffs in 2014 as a wild card team. BOOK IT !

  66. shogunassasin30 says: Oct 6, 2013 6:38 AM

    Have some of you people ever seen Freeman play? This includes you Florio. You guys think your own piece of crap teams can just suddenly turn around a TERRIBLE Quarterback? The dude has a worse passer rating in his last 10 games than Tim Tebow. He is dead last in completion percentage. He looks lost out there and a complete type b of a person. Not that there is anything wrong with the latter, but kind of the antithesis of what a Quarterback should be. Stop referencing a season he had 3 yrs ago too. How many people have had one good, fluke of a season only to not be heard from again? Happens all the time. Accept reality that he is a dumpster fire of a quarterback

  67. victorycruz says: Oct 6, 2013 6:48 AM

    The Packers, really?? #huh?

  68. hitemhard215 says: Oct 6, 2013 6:56 AM

    Unless Freeman is one hell of a returner that we dont know about I dont see why the Packers are even interested..

    Matt Flynn will be back soon and maybe play another 2 games so he can earn another check

  69. dartwick says: Oct 6, 2013 8:11 AM

    The Packers do not make much sense. They might be fine with signing freeman to a 3 year deal as a back up – but I doubt Freeman wants that.
    This would be a last resort for Freeman.

    Its unlikely that the Raiders will sign Freeman – They seem to want to give Pryor a fair shake of a try out this year out of respect to Al Davis.

    The Jags at least make sense.
    Cleveland makes sense.

  70. kahnsbushymustache says: Oct 6, 2013 9:20 AM

    Jacksonville? Nope… #TankingForTeddy

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