In the race to get the latest information, reporters covering the NFL all too often tweet first and ask questions later. (Author included.)
In the case of quarterback Josh Freeman, ongoing reports that he’ll be paid $3 million were incorrect.
Per a league source, Freeman will be paid at an annualized rate of just under $3 million, which will work out to actual compensation of $2 million over the rest of the year.
If what he’ll get is $2 million, the annualized rate if $2.83 million.
Over 12 games, it’s still more than the base salaries paid for the full season to Matt Cassel ($1.65 million) and Christian Ponder ($1.289 million). Which means that the Vikings didn’t sign Freeman with a plan to pay him not to play.