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Freeman’s official salary: $2,000,001


There was plenty of confusion regarding the value of the 12-week contract signed by quarterback Josh Freeman.  As others reported in the land rush to placate editors and/or producers after not breaking the news that Freeman had signed with the Vikings, Freeman was getting paid $3 million for the rest of the year.

The truth, as we reported once the dust settled, was that the initial reports were $1 million off.

The exact truth, per a source with knowledge of the official deal, is that Freeman will receive $2,000,001 over the rest of the season.  There are no other incentives or bonuses in the NFLPA’s official summary of the deal.

It works out to $166,666.75 per week.  For a full year, that’s $2,833,334.

Freeman also will be eligible to receive after the season the balance of his unpaid salary from the Buccaneers.  He’s still due to make $5.95 million.

For the full year, Freeman will make $10.43 million.

Meanwhile, here’s our full interview with Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman regarding the decision to sign Freeman.

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22 Responses to “Freeman’s official salary: $2,000,001”
  1. nunezmc says: Oct 9, 2013 11:28 PM

    Because $1 less would have been a rip off…

  2. amazingguy101 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:35 PM

    Too much money for a player we didn’t need. We just need focus on getting better QB with the draft or free agency

  3. gjags12 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:44 PM

    I heard he was gonna walk when they originally offered $2,000,000. Smart man to hold steady for that extra McDouble.

  4. bigginger1 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:50 PM

    $2,000,001: a space odyssey

  5. bucforever says: Oct 9, 2013 11:52 PM

    Good on you Josh! Now go win a Super Bowl!

  6. wearethesteelers says: Oct 9, 2013 11:55 PM


  7. allday420ap says: Oct 10, 2013 12:03 AM

    on the cheap, good deal

  8. vols84 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:03 AM

    When all of this settles, Freeman will still be in the NFL and the Rutgers coach will be somewhere as an assistant. Good move TB.

  9. expertop says: Oct 10, 2013 12:07 AM

    He’s #12?

  10. bobnelsonjr says: Oct 10, 2013 12:16 AM

    What about the bonus for every black out avoided (even at the lower percentage)?

    If he wins just 4 games it will all be worth it.

  11. moss49thteam says: Oct 10, 2013 12:23 AM

    It works out to $166,666.75 per week. For a full year, that’s $2,833,334.

    Sign me up, I will work for that…. Job description not defined, I am in.

  12. realitypolice says: Oct 10, 2013 12:49 AM

    I still can’t figure out how he got that much money.

    Was there a bidding war for the services of a QB with a completion percentage under 50% who had just been cut by an 0-4 team in favor of 3rd round rookie?

    I was assuming veteran’s minimum all the way for this guy, especially since everyone knew he was already pocketing 8 mil from the Bucs.

    Two points jump out at me:

    1) If I were an NFL player, I would seriously consider switching to Freeman’s agent and..

    2) Spielman can say what he wants about this not being a referendum on Ponder and Cassel, but no GM gives $2M to a QB four weeks into a season unless he plans on playing him sooner rather than later.

  13. backdapack4evr says: Oct 10, 2013 2:56 AM

    Another washed up QB in mini!!!

  14. okemon says: Oct 10, 2013 3:50 AM

    Wow, the news gets better and better, and now we paid even less. 2 million. It’s even less of risk then before. I support the signing, and if his strong arm will stretch the field, Peterson will receive less attention at the line. NICE.

  15. jimmysee says: Oct 10, 2013 5:01 AM

    It’s another QB who’ll be paid a pile of buck$$ not to play.

    Along with Matt Flynn.

  16. AD2K5 says: Oct 10, 2013 6:20 AM

    Is the $1 just to rub it in Christians face?

  17. flmike says: Oct 10, 2013 7:49 AM

    Ahh, the 25 year old adolescent…like a typical teenager Josh rebelled when a real head coach who holds his players accountable arrived in Tampa. And for all you naysayers, Schiano isn’t the problem in Tampa, he’s what that team needed after Raheem Morris got done.

  18. raybrower says: Oct 10, 2013 9:27 AM

    What in the world has Schiano done that’s been positive? Players and the team as a whole have all regressed and his players all hate him. That’s not naysaying, that’s just pointing out the obvious.

  19. packfanaj12 says: Oct 10, 2013 10:02 AM

    I love that the Vikings signed him, more Ponder like seasons.

  20. pftmaniac says: Oct 10, 2013 10:39 AM

    Way to teach Josh Freeman a lesson, Coach Schiano… I wish my boss would push me into a position where I made an extra $2 million (+$1) for doing the same thing somewhere else!

  21. tonyovertroy says: Oct 10, 2013 10:47 AM

    That moment when you realize that, whomever Freeman’s agent is, he can now add to his resume “Negotiated a contract OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS for a bust-QB booted from a winless team”.

  22. wdnemesis says: Oct 10, 2013 11:09 AM

    That 1 idk how anyone could pass that up.

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