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Vikings officially sign Josh Freeman, release McLeod Bethel-Thompson

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The last bit of paperwork has been done and Josh Freeman is officially a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings officially added Freeman to the 53-man roster on Tuesday. They waived quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to clear space for Freeman.

Bethel-Thompson was undrafted out of Sacramento State in 2011, bounced around the UFL and had brief stints with the 49ers and Dolphins before landing the third quarterback job in Minnesota last season. He’s never played in a regular season game and has practice squad eligibility remaining should the Vikings want to bring him back once he clear waivers.

The Vikings have already said that either Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder will be starting against the Panthers this weekend while Freeman familiarizes himself with the offense. The Vikings reportedly plan to use the rest of this season to find out if any of the three quarterbacks are going to be part of their future, promising Freeman nothing more than a chance to compete for snaps.

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46 Responses to “Vikings officially sign Josh Freeman, release McLeod Bethel-Thompson”
  1. deltaoracle says: Oct 8, 2013 4:23 PM

    Well there ya go, McLeod.

  2. th56 says: Oct 8, 2013 4:23 PM

    They released their best QB

  3. thep1553doff1 says: Oct 8, 2013 4:27 PM

    A squad of backup QBs. Good move Minnesota…

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 8, 2013 4:29 PM

    Rick Spielman strives for mediocrity.

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 8, 2013 4:29 PM

    Here come the rubes who are upset that McBLT was released, all because they’ve never seen him play in a regular season game. If he were any good, he would have been drafted, he would have made it with one of the other two teams he tried out for, and he wouldn’t have been playing for the Sacramento Mountain Lions. Proof will be when he clears waivers and the Vikings put him on the practice squad.

  6. theallegedone says: Oct 8, 2013 4:32 PM

    Just hand the reigns to Freeman. See what he can do. Then roll with one of them for next season and draft Jameis Winston in 2015.

  7. wafflestomp says: Oct 8, 2013 4:39 PM

    Watch for the Packers to run out and sign this…………….Oh wait, we already have a Quarterback.

  8. tundratommy says: Oct 8, 2013 4:44 PM

    Headline should read, “Vikings officially sign third QB, which means they officially don’t have any.”

  9. ccjcsr says: Oct 8, 2013 4:48 PM

    Are the Vikings even Relevant?

  10. chiadam says: Oct 8, 2013 4:52 PM

    Not McLeod Bethel-Thompson!!

  11. truvikingfan says: Oct 8, 2013 4:54 PM

    It amazes me how many people clamor for this guy, when all he’s done is have a few decent series against 3rd string preseason defenses. Complex 1st team blitzing defenses would eat this guy alive. Let’s be real peeps.

  12. whatjusthapped says: Oct 8, 2013 4:59 PM

    People in Minnesota love this kid, not because he has potential, but because he has yet to throw an INT. Someday, the Vikings will have a real franchise Qb, not in the near term, but someday.

  13. truths4all says: Oct 8, 2013 5:04 PM

    Viking fans must be up in arms that their once proud, upper tier NFL team now reeks of desperation in the hodge-podge gambling signing of Freeman who had not demonstrated any recent reasons for signing him and paying him so much money.

    Take no heed of their PR propaganda that this is a no risk, no brainer, no lose gamble as the Front Office and the coaching staff have just blown up the locker room and any team cohesion they may have had.

    I expect this experiment to blow up in their faces as have their other gambles.

    Soon the Viking will be known for being a dumber team than the Bucs.

  14. sactogary says: Oct 8, 2013 5:15 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 8, 2013 4:29 PM

    Here come the rubes who are upset that McBLT was released…. If he were any good, he would have been drafted, he would have made it with one of the other two teams he tried out for, and he wouldn’t have been playing for the Sacramento Mountain Lions. …
    —————————————————
    Because the experts never whiff on this stuff.

    Signed
    Kurt Warner, former QB for the Iowa Barnstormers

  15. purpleguy says: Oct 8, 2013 5:17 PM

    Gee, an NFL team signing a new QB and releasing a 3rd string QB during the season, how unusual. The sky certainly must be falling. Oh wait, the Packers, 49ers, Raiders, Bills, Browns, and probably more teams have done it this year. Never mind.

  16. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 8, 2013 5:19 PM

    truths4all says:Oct 8, 2013 5:04 PM

    Viking fans must be up in arms that their once proud, upper tier NFL team now reeks of desperation in the hodge-podge gambling signing of Freeman who had not demonstrated any recent reasons for signing him and paying him so much money.

    Take no heed of their PR propaganda that this is a no risk, no brainer, no lose gamble as the Front Office and the coaching staff have just blown up the locker room and any team cohesion they may have had.

    I expect this experiment to blow up in their faces as have their other gambles.

    Soon the Viking will be known for being a dumber team than the Bucs.
    ______

    So much money? It’s $2 million. They had the room under the cap and there’s no commitment beyond this season. Have you ever seen what kind of salaries quarterbacks get?

    The only way the locker room would be blown up and team cohesion hurt would be if they started Ponder again. The players know they need a quarterback. I think they’ll be excited at having another legitimate option.

    Not a gamble in any way. It’s a free look at a guy who has had success at a position of need.

    Soon truths4all will be known for being a dumber commenter than Carl Gerbschmidt.

  17. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 8, 2013 5:22 PM

    sactogary says:Oct 8, 2013 5:15 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 8, 2013 4:29 PM

    Here come the rubes who are upset that McBLT was released…. If he were any good, he would have been drafted, he would have made it with one of the other two teams he tried out for, and he wouldn’t have been playing for the Sacramento Mountain Lions. …
    —————————————————
    Because the experts never whiff on this stuff.

    Signed
    Kurt Warner, former QB for the Iowa Barnstormers
    ______

    With all due respect, Kurt, you and Tony Romo are the only exceptions I can think of. Can anyone else name a successful NFL quarterback who was not drafted?

  18. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 8, 2013 5:31 PM

    This franchise makes me laugh.

    >

  19. gb4mn0 says: Oct 8, 2013 5:31 PM

    truths4all says: Oct 8, 2013 5:04 PM

    Soon the Viking will be known for being a dumber team than the Bucs.

    ————————————————

    Soon?!? Hell the vikequeens have been in the league since 15 longer than the Bucs and still no Lombardi. I’d say that’s irrefutable proof they’re dumber than the Bucs. Way dumber. The vikes are in a dumb class all their own. lol

  20. greenbaypackersowner says: Oct 8, 2013 5:40 PM

    I own the Packers.

  21. fafaflunky says: Oct 8, 2013 5:42 PM

    hey rick tony romo isn’t successful

  22. dabears2485 says: Oct 8, 2013 5:44 PM

    There can be only one, McCleod.

  23. michaelfroseth390 says: Oct 8, 2013 5:46 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Oct 8, 2013 5:22 PM
    sactogary says:Oct 8, 2013 5:15 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 8, 2013 4:29 PM

    Here come the rubes who are upset that McBLT was released…. If he were any good, he would have been drafted, he would have made it with one of the other two teams he tried out for, and he wouldn’t have been playing for the Sacramento Mountain Lions. …
    —————————————————
    Because the experts never whiff on this stuff.

    Signed
    Kurt Warner, former QB for the Iowa Barnstormers
    ______

    With all due respect, Kurt, you and Tony Romo are the only exceptions I can think of. Can anyone else name a successful NFL quarterback who was not drafted?
    ————–

    Warren Moon?

  24. conormacleod says: Oct 8, 2013 5:57 PM

    Oh jeez. Here come the “Kurt Warner was a star!” Comments. Just shut up.

  25. allday28mvpmvp says: Oct 8, 2013 5:59 PM

    thep1553doff1 says: Oct 8, 2013 4:27 PM

    A squad of backup QBs. Good move Minnesota…

    ——-

    How is a guy that threw for 4,000 yds and 27 TDs last year a “backup”?

    Freeman will earn the spot before the year is up. He reminds me of Culpepper in his prime, before the knee injury

  26. sactogary says: Oct 8, 2013 6:01 PM

    Rick

    Warren Moon did okay too, but yes, you’re right of course, it is extremely rare. And you’re probably right about McBLT, too. My point is just that the personnel execs’ decisions do not constitute proof of a player’s ability.

    Cleveland is still enjoying the benefit of drafting Spergon Wynn and leaving Tom Brady on the board.

  27. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 8, 2013 6:12 PM

    Green Bay doesn’t seem to have any problem producing HOF QBs.

    Why is this so hard for the Vikings? You’d think they were completely hapless and tasteless, or something.

  28. goodguyattorney says: Oct 8, 2013 6:30 PM

    Got to hand it to Josh, he parlayed this into a nice payday. He gets full pay from Tampa with another check on top from the Vikes. If he makes the team next year he’ll be just fine in the pocketbook.

  29. mediasloppy says: Oct 8, 2013 6:38 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Oct 8, 2013 5:31 PM

    This franchise makes me laugh.

    ——————————–

    This franchise is the only relevance of your life. If it was a person, you’d be cited for stalking…

  30. packhawk04 says: Oct 8, 2013 6:45 PM

    He reminds me of culpepper as well… one great season, one decent season, and a bunch of crap while fumbling constantly.

  31. bobnelsonjr says: Oct 8, 2013 6:51 PM

    I know viking followers get upset because 40% of Minnesotans are Packers fans and that their franchise gets laughed at much of the time; but the team keeps writing the jokes about themselves.

    Frequent dome erectile dysfunction
    Criminal Cruise
    Wizzinator
    Not getting first round pick selection to the podium on time in consecutive drafts
    Coach violating pledge scalping Super Bowl tickets
    Coach painting his house green and gold
    Coach dressing in drag
    Arctic Blast
    No trophy case because they have zero trophies

  32. obsessedvikingfan says: Oct 8, 2013 6:51 PM

    mediasloppy says: Oct 8, 2013 6:38 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Oct 8, 2013 5:31 PM

    This franchise makes me laugh.

    ——————————–

    This franchise is the only relevance of your life. If it was a person, you’d be cited for stalking…

    ______________

    Him and Filthy. Post more on Vikings articles than packer ones.

  33. barroomhero80 says: Oct 8, 2013 7:23 PM

    Ponders dumb ass should have been cut not MBT

  34. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 8, 2013 7:25 PM

    ccj this post is about the vikings so why are you posting on here and yes they are relevant

  35. xcerebus1 says: Oct 8, 2013 7:39 PM

    WOW! I can’t wait to hear what locker they gave him. I wonder if he’s gonna use team towels after his shower or if he’s gonna bring his own? Well I’m sure we’ll all find in the daily ‘Josh Freeman Update’ column running three times a day in Profootballtalk.

  36. hotwings4u says: Oct 8, 2013 7:50 PM

    Since 2007, the Vikings have made the playoff three times with four different quarterbacks. Tavaris Jackson/Gus Frerotte, Brett Favre and Christian Ponder.

    The one common denominator is Adrian Peterson. Whomever plays QB needs to manage the game and hit the occassional deep ball.

    What makes you think Cassel/Freeman cant do that?

  37. GenXJay says: Oct 8, 2013 8:09 PM

    give josh a chance. in a month he should be ready to dagger a stunning throw & re-break an over paid blonde chick on cheese bays defense thumb.

  38. packerenglishmajor says: Oct 8, 2013 9:11 PM

    I’m not a pro-football fan, I follow the Vikings.

  39. packerenglishmajor says: Oct 8, 2013 9:17 PM

    Seriously though, it could be worse (than being a Viking Fan), I mean no one has ever laughed our #1 draft choice out of the locker room for having man-boobs.

    I don’t think any of our Kickers have ever exposed themselves to children.

    None of our team have gone to prison for raping their aunt.

    Our team isn’t located in the completely polluted Fox Valley.

    So we got all that going for us.

    We just need a real QB to step forward.

  40. soundsofsuccess7 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:18 PM

    Quantity over quality? Personally I thought Cassel looked pretty good in his start.

  41. porkchopexpress1969 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:19 PM

    Would of like to kept MBT.

  42. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Oct 8, 2013 9:36 PM

    What should the over/under be on how many user names filthymcnasty has? I say six.

  43. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 8, 2013 9:51 PM

    Not true at all. I post on Packers posts way more.

    Man, you guys can’t count!

  44. teamnorsecore says: Oct 9, 2013 4:13 AM

    mediasloppy says:
    Oct 8, 2013 6:38 PM
    tokyosandblaster says:
    Oct 8, 2013 5:31 PM

    This franchise makes me laugh.

    ——————————–

    This franchise is the only relevance of your life. If it was a person, you’d be cited for stalking…
    ………….
    Best post ever!! Absolutely NAILED it!!!

  45. rickytheviking says: Oct 9, 2013 11:09 AM

    Why do the Packer fans post so much on the Vikings site?

    FYI the Packers aren’t going anywhere this year

  46. cursednonbeliever says: Oct 9, 2013 3:01 PM

    This goes to show how important it is to have a franchise QB in the NFL. Even more it shows how difficult it is to find one. I like this move by the Vikings because it’s low cost, with big reward potential. We already know Ponder isn’t the answer, Cassell has shown veteran leadership but he too old to be considered a franchise QB … and then you have Freeman … a guy who has size, a cannon arm, and has had seasonal success.

    Worst case scenario, it doesn’t work out with Freeman, and the Vikes wind up working through the draft like we would if Ponder remained at the helm.

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