Freeman has interest in staying with the Vikings

AP

Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman apparently can get used to getting more than $166,000 per week to not play.

As he completes a partial season in Minnesota that featured only one game appearance, the impending free agent and former first-round pick of the Buccaneers says he’s interested in sticking around.

“I definitely have interest in coming back, for sure,” Freeman said Friday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “It’s a great organization, a great team.”

And it’s a great mystery why Freeman hasn’t returned to the field since a late October Monday night effort at New York, completing only 20 of 53 passes for a mere 190 yards.  Coach Leslie Frazier wouldn’t get into the details, and neither would Freeman.

“It’s a conversation between me and the coaches,” Freeman said.

The Vikings have the exclusive ability to converse with Freeman’s agents about a potential return until March 8, at which time the three-day legal tampering period opens in advance of the March 11 launch of free agency.  Whether the Vikings have interest depends largely on the identity of the coach and General Manager.  Many believe Frazier won’t be back; some believe G.M. Rick Spielman may not be.

It would nevertheless be a major surprise to see Freeman wearing next year the uniform that was game-worn only once in 2013.