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Giants, Josh Freeman getting close to a deal

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Free agent quarterback Josh Freeman is finally getting close to finding a new home.

Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Freeman and the Giants are working toward a deal that should be completed within the next day or so.

That Freeman is about to sign with the Giants, where Eli Manning is firmly established as the starter, suggests that he hasn’t received any offers from any teams even willing to let him compete for a starting job. That’s quite a downfall for the 26-year-old Freeman, who in his second NFL season, in 2010, threw 25 touchdown passes and only six interceptions and looked like one of the best young quarterbacks in the league.

But Freeman was a major disappointment last season, both in Tampa Bay and in Minnesota, and he has a long way to go to rehabilitate his image. In New York he’ll compete with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib to be the No. 2 quarterback, but he won’t see the field as long as Manning is healthy.

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25 Responses to “Giants, Josh Freeman getting close to a deal”
  1. zipnyc says: Apr 16, 2014 11:59 AM

    That’s a good pick by the Giants. He’s always been backup material, just like Mark Sanchez.

  2. buchopeful says: Apr 16, 2014 12:02 PM

    Freeman heading into the world of unknown mediocrity.. (and there he’ll stay)

  3. nonetruerthanblue says: Apr 16, 2014 12:04 PM

    Give him a chance to learn a system and not be thrown in there as the starter. Nassib is on the team, but he will easily beat out Painter. The GMen having 3 QBs on the roster last season pretty much tells you that they are concerned about Manning’s durability, and not so much his effectiveness, moving forward. An entire offseason for both Freeman and Nassib albeit Manning to learn a new system will only make the QB situation for the NYG that much better.

    GO BIG BLUE!

  4. justintuckrule says: Apr 16, 2014 12:05 PM

    Once he rehabilitates his career in NY, we’ll trade him off for a nice shiny 2nd rder.

  5. scoreatwill says: Apr 16, 2014 12:07 PM

    I don’t understand how he can go so bad in one year. Was the coaching staff so bad & demoralizing in Tampa that it was a confidence issue? Hope he get’s a chance to resurrect his career, if not in NY maybe in 2015. He is young and with good coaching may be able to pull it off.

  6. phillyguyindc says: Apr 16, 2014 12:09 PM

    I still think Schiano got a bad wrap in Tampa. Why Lovie brought in McCown instead of using Glennon is beyond me.

    That said, as an eagles fan I am indifferent to this story, Freeman stinks.

  7. luz56 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:11 PM

    I’m not sure what they saw on film in him that I saw that in that game last year???

  8. urbandude82 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:12 PM

    As a diehard NYG fan, i know the ELI is probably heading into his downfall of his career….but with 2 SB Rings and 2 SB MVPs in 10 years…i say he accomplished more than some of the more ELITE QBs in history. I actually like the idea of Freeman becoming a NYG, i think he just needs to find the right team, and learn from the right coaching staff….i mean look at what happened with Aaron Rodgers in GB…he learned from favre for years, and once he finally got his shot, he shined and won a SB in his first couple years.

  9. humpofdc says: Apr 16, 2014 12:13 PM

    Now they have two QB’s that suck!

  10. getyourownname says: Apr 16, 2014 12:15 PM

    Giants are usually a savvy organization. Tells me they want 3 QBs, aren’t expecting/don’t want Painter to be around, and they think a chance with stable coaching he will push Nassib to #3.

  11. noleitup says: Apr 16, 2014 12:16 PM

    People can clown freeman all they want but my boss just saw him this morning here in tampa driving his lambo. He was probably heading to his mansion on bayshore blvd. google bayshore blvd tampa fl

  12. pirate472 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:18 PM

    Coughlin + NY Media Scrutiny = Vaporized Meltdown

  13. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 16, 2014 12:18 PM

    Rumor has it he’s a partier and enjoys the booze… allegedly.

  14. justintuckrule says: Apr 16, 2014 12:19 PM

    @nonetruer – they draft/sign QBs not to replace Manning but with the hopes of “Kolbing” some sucker team without a starting QB.

  15. bucrightoff says: Apr 16, 2014 12:20 PM

    Wonder what will happen first: Freeman gets signed by someone or the NFLPA investigation gets released.

  16. n0hopeleft says: Apr 16, 2014 12:21 PM

    This guy didnt forget how to play QB. The Bucs front office used this dude as a scapegoat, and the Vikings threw him out in front of the Giants after signing him 24 hours before – completely unfair to judge him on anything done last year.

  17. jetsmmt says: Apr 16, 2014 12:22 PM

    Nassib is that bad huh?

  18. thegrigga49 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:22 PM

    Josh Freeman had one of the quickest falls from grace in recent history.

  19. doe22us says: Apr 16, 2014 12:23 PM

    I guess the Giant brass didnt seem him consistently overthrow WR/TE in that game. Good Luck.

  20. jpaq68 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:25 PM

    It looks like Doug Marrone is one step closer to getting the QB he’s always wanted for the Bills (Nassib).

  21. memphiscowboy says: Apr 16, 2014 12:30 PM

    Brandon Weeden and the Cowboys vs. Josh Freeman and the Giants. I’m just not getting excited about the matchup for some reason.

  22. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:42 PM

    The Giants have some issues, just like any team, but Freeman is really fortunate to be out of MN.

  23. gofor2with3pointlead says: Apr 16, 2014 12:46 PM

    Here’s how I think it all went down last year in Tampa. There was no chemistry between the coaching staph and players, yes I spelled it that way on purpose, so the coaching staph and front office had to start bringing in “their guys”. Rather than coaching existing players on the roster, they set them up for failure. At some level this was detected by the players and they quit on the coaches. If the players don’t trust the coaches and “buy in” it’s gonna be a long season. Ownership certainly saw something they didn’t like and wisely cut bait with Schiano. Either Schiano didn’t have the authority or the cajones to make Glennon the starter at the beginning of the season, then he did it anyway or suddenly grew the cajones that got him fired.

  24. tictoccpthook says: Apr 16, 2014 1:37 PM

    Coughlin and the Giants may provide Freeman the chance to mature and become a solid backup for Eli. The Giants will be back to form this year.

  25. 700levelvet says: Apr 16, 2014 8:11 PM

    He could be blind and throw less picks than Eli…

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