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Freeman’s situation still firmly in flux

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As everyone tries to get ahead of the curve regarding the next arc in Josh Freeman’s career, the truth is that hard facts are difficult to come by.

Here’s what we currently believe.  It’s not “reporting” per se.  But we’re confident that it’s accurate, based on that bag of baked chips we finally have shaken out of the top row of the vending machine.

For starters, and contrary to reports elsewhere, Freeman has not narrowed his options to three teams, or to any number of teams.

Why would he?  With a full slate of games to be played and with two serious injuries to both starting quarterbacks happening in the only game played so far this week, circumstances could change dramatically between now and the final gun of the late, late game between San Diego and Oakland, which kicks off at 11:35 p.m. ET.

If Aaron Rodgers tears an ACL against the Lions, Freeman will become a strong option for Green Bay.  Ditto for any other franchise quarterback on any other team that currently may not be considering Freeman as an option.

Look for a decision to come tomorrow, unless Freeman decides to wait until after the Jets and Falcons play on Monday night.  (We don’t believe Freeman has any interest in joining the Florham Park circus, however.)

We also don’t believe Freeman is looking for a long-term deal.  We believe he sees this as an opportunity to push his stock high over the rest of the season, with an eye toward getting a crack at the open market in March.  (In that regard, it’ll be interesting to see if his contract includes a term waiving his new team’s ability to use the franchise tag.)

The lack of firm reports linking certain teams to Freeman could be interpreted as meaning most teams aren’t interested.  We currently believe that plenty are, that some are pursuing him very aggressively, and that the unique nature of the situation compels them to keep it quiet.

Rarely if ever does a potential franchise quarterback come available at age 25 for no draft-pick compensation.  Never has it happened during a season.

And it may not last for much longer.

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11 Responses to “Freeman’s situation still firmly in flux”
  1. ghjjf says: Oct 6, 2013 11:16 AM

    The only team that would sign and start Freeman is a team that wants to guarantee having the number one overall pick in the next draft.

  2. mrbigass says: Oct 6, 2013 11:20 AM

    Franchise quarterback? Seriously??

    If he was really that why didn’t they get a draft pick or a bag of chips?

  3. bloodisred says: Oct 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    The Vikings are the best fit for the success of all parties. With the beast in the backfield and speed on the perimeter, all they’re missing is a big-armed QB.

  4. greeneblitz says: Oct 6, 2013 11:27 AM

    You’re describing the Buffalo Bills situation to a tee, let him come to Buffalo, showcase his talents for 1-2 months while EJ Manuel is out, The Bills have a better chance to win then with Jeff Tuel and Freeman has a good situation to walk in to with a good run game, decent defense and a very simple offense made for a rookie QB. Seems like a win win.

  5. yeogib says: Oct 6, 2013 11:29 AM

    If he couldn’t play himself into a contract in a system he’s been in he won’t do it on a new team. Especially if it’s the raiders.

  6. thegonz13 says: Oct 6, 2013 11:29 AM

    Funny… Freeman was going to tell us today which team was fortunate enough to get his services.

  7. calibear831 says: Oct 6, 2013 11:30 AM

    This guy is not a franchise QB!!, he’s another Christian ponder, vince young, colt Mccoy, Mathew stafford. . .we’re giving this guy so much attention like if it were payton Manning picking a team again!

  8. bucrightoff says: Oct 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    I think his agent is feeding misinformation to drive up interest. Teams are interested in him as a backup no doubt, the question is whether he wants to be a backup. I doubt it because he wants to up his value for free agency which means he has to play.

  9. senti45 says: Oct 6, 2013 11:48 AM

    Vikings better get him.

  10. patsbrat says: Oct 6, 2013 2:04 PM

    “…firmly in flux.” Nice oxymoron.

  11. mainbucsfan says: Oct 6, 2013 2:12 PM

    It’s the luck of the bucs franchise for this guy to sign somewhere else and win a Super Bowl with another team.

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