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Report: Bears meet with Josh Freeman

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The Bears, who are lacking in quarterback depth, have reportedly met with a prominent unsigned passer coming off a forgettable 2013 season.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, the Bears visited with free agent quarterback Josh Freeman on Monday. Aaron Wilson of National Football Post reported that Freeman had a workout with Chicago.

The 26-year-old Freeman struggled throughout last season. He lost his starting job and roster spot after three games with Tampa Bay, which released the 2009 first-round pick on October 3. The Vikings signed Freeman, but in his lone start, he completed just 20-of-53 passes, and he suffered a concussion. Ultimately, he didn’t play again for the Vikings.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Bears increased the competition for the primary reserve role behind Jay Cutler. At present, the Bears have Jerrod Johnson and Jordan Palmer as backup quarterbacks. In Chicago, Freeman would have the benefit of working with coach Marc Trestman, who is renowned for his tutelage of quarterbacks.

In short, Chicago looks like a good landing spot for Freeman, who likely will have to work his way back into a starting role. News of the visit with the Bears is a sliver of good news for a player who had a tough run in 2013.

In addition to Freeman, the Bears put quarterback Adam Weber through a workout on Monday, according to La Canfora. The 26-year-old Weber was with the Buccaneers last summer.

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49 Responses to “Report: Bears meet with Josh Freeman”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 7, 2014 5:46 PM

    It would have been rough if he was underpaid through that whole experience, but seeing as he got millions in exchange for nothing of value delivered, I’d say he’s pretty darn lucky. I contributed more football value to both of those franchises last year from my couch and they paid me zilch. Somebody get me a grievance form.

  2. blackandbluedivision says: Apr 7, 2014 5:46 PM

    Just robbing the NFC North, lol.

  3. blackandbluedivision says: Apr 7, 2014 5:47 PM

    Keep in mind Josh McCown was a scrub before he came to the Bears.

  4. alshonsmeathooks says: Apr 7, 2014 5:52 PM

    probably better than the other backups on the team, hopefully he’s given up on trying to start by now

  5. ravenswhat says: Apr 7, 2014 5:54 PM

    Jay will lose his job to Josh. We all know it.

  6. kcflake says: Apr 7, 2014 5:58 PM

    Josh Freeman got a raw deal from the Bucs and Vikes. He is a Good QB that can be a Useful Asset somewhere in the NFL. Would have been better than the qb’s on multiple teams last year.

  7. boiler72 says: Apr 7, 2014 5:59 PM

    LOL, awesome.

  8. hennessey1200hp says: Apr 7, 2014 6:05 PM

    Dear Bears, Please Take Ponder Too!!!

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 7, 2014 6:12 PM

    Best QB on Vikes, backup on all other NFC North teams. Sounds about right…

  10. puckthefatriots says: Apr 7, 2014 6:12 PM

    Remember when Schiano was crucified for releasing this bum in favor of Mike Glennon?

  11. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 7, 2014 6:15 PM

    Looks like the Bears are taking the Packers’ approach to a backup quarterback. In other words, sign a few camp arms and hope your starter doesn’t get hurt. If they’re smart, they’ll sign Adam Weber.

  12. selmonfan63 says: Apr 7, 2014 6:20 PM

    Was he late for the meeting?

  13. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 7, 2014 6:21 PM

    why are Bears meeting with Josh Freeman? i know its not for a qb spot. JaMarcus Russell can throw a better ball under pressure and hit the open guy.

  14. offroger76 says: Apr 7, 2014 6:26 PM

    Better than both back ups we have right now. If it’s a bargain, sign him and release J. Johnson.

  15. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 7, 2014 6:27 PM

    Guys rarely recover from the shell shock of that QB graveyard in MN.

  16. blackandbluedivision says: Apr 7, 2014 6:28 PM

    puckthefatriots says:
    Apr 7, 2014 6:12 PM
    Remember when Schiano was crucified for releasing this bum in favor of Mike Glennon?

    ______________________________

    Yea, how’d that work out for all parties involved? Two are out of a job and the other has been replaced by a 35-year-old flash in the pan.

  17. whooligun says: Apr 7, 2014 6:39 PM

    Finally some talent at QB for Chicago. hahahaha

  18. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 7, 2014 6:42 PM

    Would much rather have Palmer & a 6th or 7th rd rookie qb as our backups than this bum. Freeman, we are not interested.

  19. zo121179 says: Apr 7, 2014 6:53 PM

    Oh for the love of God!

  20. vicnocal says: Apr 7, 2014 7:20 PM

    This guy’s 6ft6 240lbs and threw for 4,000+ yds and 27 TDs in 2012, and in 2010 25 TDs and only 6 INTs.

    Trestman will Quarterback Whisper him into Rich Gannon 2.0

  21. grimreaper12 says: Apr 7, 2014 7:35 PM

    Freeman looked like an amateur against the Giants.

  22. metalhead65 says: Apr 7, 2014 7:36 PM

    would be a upgrade at backup for bears. now let’s hope Lovie does the right thing and releases glennon so the bears can sign him. spend a couple of years in Trestman’s system and he will be an all pro when Cutler is done. in the meantime he can be a good backup in case they need him. just hope the bucs do not get Johnny Football or the haters will get their way as turns into a bust in Lovies get off the bus running offense.

  23. beedubyatoo says: Apr 7, 2014 7:43 PM

    Why? Aren’t there enough failures on that team now?

  24. elmustardo says: Apr 7, 2014 8:12 PM

    Josh Freeman is done. Chicago does have a better club scene than Minneapolis, tho.

  25. keifer1751 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:31 PM

    As a long-time Bucs fan, I’ll throw in my 2 cents worth. Get Freeman a real NFL coach and he will be a good player. He has big upside but has never been coached.

  26. fwippel says: Apr 7, 2014 8:36 PM

    Why? Freeman is finished as an NFL QB.

  27. qdog112 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:39 PM

    Smart move as long as his mental state has leveled out. After that Schiano experience, many players have suffered irreparable damage.

    He’s got all the tangibles for a QB. Must restore confidence.

  28. justbust says: Apr 7, 2014 8:59 PM

    Hope he won’t be blackballed for ” quitting ” on Tampa . Seemed like the situation was getting out of control and since most of the offense and coach are gone after the fact so this kinda makes u give him the benifit of the doubt. This guy should be a starter somewhere.

  29. darkneptune73 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:26 PM

    Da Bears need all the depth they can get. Without Cutler, they are nothing.

  30. evansvc says: Apr 7, 2014 10:11 PM

    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope some team gives this quarterback a try-out, even if it’s for third string…
    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help….

  31. bucsmightbegood says: Apr 7, 2014 10:17 PM

    Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.

  32. Big Ant TV says: Apr 7, 2014 10:25 PM

    my cleveland browns need too sign him

  33. bassplucker says: Apr 7, 2014 10:50 PM

    This is interesting cause of Freeman’s rep for being lazy and irresponsible. Emery and Trestman don’t usually touch guys like that with a 10 ft pole so either they re not buying what went down in Tampa or they feel the urge to take on a reclamation project.

  34. isuhuskie says: Apr 7, 2014 10:52 PM

    First of all the Bears signed Trestman because he is supposed to know something about QBs. Maybe, just maybe, the expert sees something that we don’t see…

    Second point – where is the risk? The current back-up has thrown 15 career PASSES and 2 of these were INTs. If you ask me would I be willing to take a chance that Trestman can turn Jordan Palmer or Josh Freeman into a capable NFL QB; I would be betting on Freeman.

  35. 11dancingditkas says: Apr 7, 2014 10:58 PM

    When it comes to Bears back-up qbs, I have three words for you: Peter – Tom – Willis

  36. beardownfromcali says: Apr 7, 2014 10:59 PM

    Huge Vince Young fan. Shouldn’t have left so early. Hard to go from a hero to a villain in 1-2 years. Hence why he lost his marbles.

    Such a disappointment seeing him lose it (cash too) but it is what it is.

    It definitely was interesting to see him put on the Green and Gold, not that they know anything about evaluating QB talent *smirk*.

  37. gbmickey says: Apr 7, 2014 11:06 PM

    Come on Bear fans you can try and spin this all you want but it is Freeman we are talking about.

  38. campcouch says: Apr 7, 2014 11:15 PM

    Considering he played for the Bucs and Vikes,I wouldn’t be quick to dismiss the guy. He wasn’t terrible down in Tampa,considering the talent there and Minnesota…well we saw how Frazier burned that place down. I’d give him a shot with the talent and coaching that the Bears have to at least be an excellent back-up.

  39. rajbais says: Apr 7, 2014 11:29 PM

    They’re better off meeting Terrelle Pryor.

    Freeman is a quitter and a loser.

  40. preseasonchamps08 says: Apr 7, 2014 11:35 PM

    As a Lions fan, I would MUCH rather have Freeman than Dan “back of the endzone” Orlovski or Mellon Moore

  41. metalhead65 says: Apr 7, 2014 11:39 PM

    tampa fans can vote down my comment all they want but they are delusional. you obviously did not watch the bears offense while he was there. yes they made the superbowl and as much as people blame that loss on grossman, I blame the moron who thought it was a good idea to take Thomas Jones out of the game out of the game after running for a 64 yard td. the previous series. bringing in benson and having him fumble on his first carry changed the wole game and swung the momentum to the colts. the bears d had done the job up until then but once colts got the lead it was over. they knew they were going to run the ball so they stopped that to make grossman beat them and he didn’t.

  42. provguard says: Apr 7, 2014 11:54 PM

    Freeman is really competition for Cutler, Johnson or Palmer???? My bad…. I just don’t think so….

  43. holdsteady76 says: Apr 8, 2014 12:13 AM

    I hope Freeman sees playing time Chicago.
    Sincerely,
    Detroit, Minnesota, Green Bay

  44. bigfuzzy says: Apr 8, 2014 4:07 AM

    I was actually thinking this would be a good spot for him. A place where there’s no pressure to jump in and start and with Trestman, who knows.
    As a Bears fan, I like the move if they pull the trigger.

  45. mortwannabe says: Apr 8, 2014 6:50 AM

    Trestman will be the next Bill Walsh.

  46. nobby821 says: Apr 8, 2014 9:29 AM

    He’s only good in the even years.

  47. toddc612 says: Apr 8, 2014 9:36 AM

    I never understood how the Vikings managed Freeman last year. I can’t tell if throwing him to wolves too early in the Giants game was Spielman’s idea, or that moron Frazier. Regardless, Freeman could have helped my team greatly — if they weren’t already caught up in a rotating QB circus. I still think he had greater potential than any of our QBs last year. Maybe the Bears can do something with him, who knows.

  48. purpleguy says: Apr 8, 2014 11:24 AM

    Well, if he’s playing behind Cutler he’ll get a chance to play — probably by the 7th game of the season.

  49. larryboodry says: Apr 8, 2014 6:55 PM

    Not sold on this move if they sign him…Just because he has more experience than our currnt backups doesn’t mean he will play any better than
    them.

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