Dolphins sign Josh Freeman

AP

Josh Freeman, the quarterback who rapidly went from one of the most promising young players in the NFL to a major disappointment, is getting another shot.

The Dolphins have agreed to a one-year contract with Freeman, according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.

Freeman was the Buccaneers’ first-round draft pick in 2009, and quickly made the Bucs’ decision to draft him look brilliant. In 2010, Freeman threw 25 touchdown passes and just six interceptions.

But his play declined after that, there was talk that he didn’t get along with new coach Greg Schiano and his staff, and the Bucs cut Freeman during the 2013 season. Freeman signed with the Vikings and quickly became the starter in Minnesota, but he was a disaster and was benched after his first game.

Last year Freeman was out of the NFL after the Giants cut him following a brief period on their offseason roster. Now the Dolphins will give him another chance to show he belongs. This may be his last chance.

101 responses to “Dolphins sign Josh Freeman

  1. Dude is lazy. It’s a waste of time and money. You can’t coach it out of him anymore. He’s got his millions, he’s done. He’s not hungry cause all he does is eat.

  2. Off the field issues lead to his downfall, he was an excellent QB that took an awful Bucs team to a 10-6 record and was a single bad call from the playoffs. Schiano helped ruin him as he helped ruin the team. Think of this, Schiano had McCoy, David, Revis, Martin, Vincent Jackson, etc and ran the team into the ground. What an awful coach and an awful person.

  3. What the Vikings did to this guy was wrong. The coaches didn’t want him around and didn’t want to play him. Management forced him on the coaches. Then the coaches opted to throw the ball 45+ times in his only start to prove their point. All after being on the roster for about 8-9 days.

    So glad Frazier and Musgrave are gone!! I thought it couldn’t get any worse than Chilly but those two geniuses weren’t an improvement, to say the least.

  4. Still better than Sanchez. You can only wonder how Freeman would have played had the Jets drafted him.

  5. Camp guy. With Tannehill and Moore and some rookie no one has ever heard of but who is probably still better than Josh Freeman…there is somewhere between .0001 and .00001% chance of him sticking.

    Kind of surprised the Jets didn’t sign him. He’s still better than Geno Smith.

  6. This is why the Union wont allow PLAY based Contracts. If they did, players like Freeman and Kalil
    would still be viable. Just like many others, as soon as the BIG contracts are signed they turn into lazy Bums, WHY? They are set for life financially.

  7. They already have Matt Moore who IMO is probably the best back up in the NFL. This has tradeupbait written all over it. Again. Just my opinion.

  8. Sometimes you need a new change of scenery.

    Im going to give this a Hickey signature on this move. I think that they will get a draft pick for Moore before the draft starts.

    Hey ask the bucs fans who helped draft Doug Martin and McCoy. That was through the draft not free agency. Most folks who will hate this need both of these guys on their squad right now…

  9. Still wish the Cardinals had signed him as their emergency guy last year instead of Ryan Lindley. He couldn’t possibly have been worse, and maybe then it wouldn’t have wound up a totally wasted season.

  10. Sign a talented malcontent to an inexpensive contract.
    If he misbehaves. cut him.
    If he plays to his potential, you have a productive player with a small salary.
    Low risk.
    High reward.

  11. This is the dumbest move the Dolphins have made in decades. Tannehill is the QB of the future, Moore was just resigned as a backup. The team needs depth too many places to justify a 3rd string QB that can’t play special teams. Bring in an undrafted rookie QB to be Johnny camparm. Cut him before training camp

  12. mongo3401 says:
    Apr 2, 2015 6:48 PM
    They already have Matt Moore who IMO is probably the best back up in the NFL. This has tradeupbait written all over it. Again. Just my opinion.
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    I totally agree with you that Matt Moore is the best back-up in the NFL. I’ve always been a big fan, even though he is a Dolphin.
    I hope that he doesn’t spend his whole career without a REAL chance to start.
    Perhaps he likes the back-up gig….? I don’t know.
    I’d like to see him in New England after Brady calls it a career. Let Matt and Jimmy Boston compete for the job.

  13. Did Josh Freeman participate in the veteran combine? Just curious as to why a team had interest in Freeman now but not last year seeing as how the last time Freeman was active in the NFL was the 2013 offseason. Hopefully hes improved himself and his craft.

  14. Before you guys try to pile on how many chances Josh gets… i didnt hear you when Joey Harrington was given a third and 4th chance to louse it up. he threw more INTs than TDS EVERY YEAR except 1 while he was in the NFL.

  15. If he can play CB or LB great. Other than that he isn’t worth the roster spot. Do not get this signing unless they are about to trade Moore for 2015 draft picks.

  16. I felt bad for him how things went in TB and Minnesota, but no excuse for what happened in NY. He only had to beat out Curtis Painter and play as good as Ryan Nassib and he couldn’t even bother to read the playbook. Still young but obviously still doesn’t get it.

  17. I hope they don’t trade Matt Moore and think this guy is going to back up RT… This move makes no sense other then a camp arm or someone for Suh to beat up on

  18. I don’t think he’ll make the team. I understand that Greg Schiano can wear you down, but Freeman ruined his career by not leaving Tampa earlier.

    QBs aren’t as tough as we think. They need coddling and then they’ll grow. Seriously, Terry Bradshaw was averse to competition. how can 21st century QBs handle it?

  19. This is nuts! I was just wondering what happen to this dude and if he’d get another shot.

    I’m a Fins fan and a Matt Moore fan but I wouldn’t mind seeing Freeman work with the scout team.

  20. In his last start, Freeman put on the worst display of Qb-ing I have ever seen. I just can’t determined if its more on him or just a reflection of the hapless Vikings. As the Vikings have shown with more than one QB, it doesn’t matter your talent level when the rest of the team sucks.

  21. He had some decent years stat-wise early in his career, but then seemed to get lazy. Maybe after he gets that vikings stench and losing attitude off him he’ll be able to be a decent backup for a team

  22. I hope he finds the right meds or whatever the issue has been. Not trying to be cruel. I got the feeling that something wasn’t right with him. The downfall in Tampa was epic. There’s definitely more to the story than we know.

  23. There were rumors here that he had recreational substance issues. I do know on his radio show here that he always sounded spaced out when talking. I was a big fan of his however it got to the point where I couldn’t make excuses for him any longer. I know Schiano messed his head up however there is more to the story that we don’t know.

  24. I agree with a commenter before me. It was very strange to me, that the Vikings played him after a few days and asked him to throw 40+ that game. Clearly he has other issues, but I don’t think football is one of them. And to people saying this dsnt make any sense. It makes PERFECT sense to me. Tannhill has been wildly inconsistent and is on his final year, he needs to be pushed to the limits to really see what he’s got. Don’t want to be stuck for years with a can’t cut it qb like the bengals or niners

  25. Couldn’t read a Dr Seuss book, let alone a defense, ppl say he’s talented??? At what?? Another athlete who can’t throw accurately but he a beast cuz he can run, yo

  26. IF Josh has his head on straight, the kid can ball. If not, then might as well grab Tebow.

  27. If only i could erase that Viking/Giant game from my mind. Had to be a top 5 worst games ever televised.
    Certainly he’ll never win another NFL game, and more than likely will never play in one either.

  28. Sure are a large group of former NFL General Managers on this site, makes me wonder why they are all out of jobs in the NFL. How about we wait and see how this works out. Bill

  29. still one of the strangest signings in vikings history. not only did it mess up freeman’s career (that ONE start) but it messed up Ponder’s. Spielman has absolutely no idea how to judge quarterbacks.

  30. He’ll get reps and tape. If he flashes in the preseason, he is a cheaper backup to Moore. If not, he’s gone. Moore just got some competition, not a bad thing.

  31. Keep in mind fin fans, we got Dan the mans ear and wisdom in that QB room. Baffled at first too, but their vision will come clearer soon. Go hickey…..

  32. Every team needs a Camp Arm. Who cares? Why the hate? He got nothing in Guaranteed money and minimum money and the Dolphins generally do not carry 3 QBs. It is a chance for a Guy who deserves it. The Vikings threw him to the Wolves that MNF. He is getting a chance to show other teams if he is committed to seizing the opportunity. I think he will be released by the Fins as they probably take a late Draft QB to replace Moore next year.

    Think about this, last year Tannehill and Moore were injured for the final 2 Pre-Season Games and completely unknown Seth Labato is signed off the street and ran an offense successfully with a playbook of about 5 formations. Guess what? He works for the Bucaneers currently.

  33. Oh I wish more people understood this game. For one, most players rely on a scheme to be comfortable and successful. In lazor’s scheme he may be able to run it more effectively than what he ran in TB or min, and being the third string there is no pressure to perform, he can just learn. Also, Moore is on a one year deal so if Miami believes Freeman can run the offense as a backup then they can let Moore walk after the season, or trade him and sign Freeman for much less. Last, this gives Miami an out in the event they do not get more draft picks in the draft like they are wanting to do. They only have 6 right now and if they can not use one on a qb then they can fill more holes. Of course if they do draft a qb and go to camp with 4, then they can easily cut Freeman if he hasn’t shown he can run the offense. This has many positives and no negatives for the dolphins and yet another great move by Hickey and Tannenbaum.

  34. If his mind is right and he’s motivated(clearly he should be) he has the highest ceiling of any QB on the current Dolphins roster!!!

    Ole noodle arm AKA Tannehill is Super Average. I’m not a Dolphins by any means but even I got tired of seeing him either over or under throw a WIDE ASS OPEN Mike Wallace!!!! Lol

  35. I’m glad to see him get another shot.

    During his 25 TD 6 Int year, he was on TV playing a game Brian Billick was doing color for. Billick said that he really liked Freeman’s game, but the one thing he hadn’t seen yet was any ability to throw accurate touch passes over the linebackers and in front of the safeties. I had to admit, I hadn’t see it either.

    Maybe defenses figured him out. He had a heck of a deep ball, and every QB can throw short, but maybe he just couldn’t hit the important mid-range throws.

  36. Jeez haters give it a rest, he’s not being signed to be the starter, he was probably signed because they need someone for Suh to practice on.

  37. tjacks7 says: Apr 2, 2015 6:39 PM

    What the Vikings did to this guy was wrong. The coaches didn’t want him around and didn’t want to play him. Management forced him on the coaches. Then the coaches opted to throw the ball 45+ times in his only start to prove their point. All after being on the roster for about 8-9 days.

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    What a lot of fans don’t realize is that success isn’t just on a player, it’s due to the coaching staff too. I was extremely upset at the Vikings for doing that as they did him absolutely wrong. He was literally cast into the spotlight on a team he was on for BARELY A WEEK! Yet he’s supposed to carry the team with his arm and same five basic plays..and Adrian Peterson?

    The worst part was even with that he showed more poise and command of the pocket than Ponder ever did. He isn’t the best QB in the world and could of not thrown some of those ints however the Vikings (Musgrave’s play calling) really set that it up for failure. It’s kind of like when they had McNabb and went up 21-0 in their first three games by the first half and then decided to switch from heavy run & check down passes to ALL PASS PLAYS and inevitably lost all three games!

  38. Why would anyone give up draft picks for Moore? He was just a free agent and no one even sniffed at him when all it would cost is money. Why would they wait till after the fact and give up a pick along with money? Makes no sense.

  39. I’ve finally figured it out. It’s the Dennis Hickey connection from his days in Tampa. I think he felt bad after what happened in Tampa and wanted to see him have a job again cause he definitely became a ghost after that Minnesota game. Good to see guys like him get another shot.

  40. The reality of the NFL makes it near impossible for a coach to think they have time to develop a QB over a period of 3 years. It is one/two at best and done. A disservice to the coaches but infinitely more a disservice to the young QBs trying to make a career. The system is setup for failure.

    I say:
    ‘Ask not what your QB can do for you. Ask what you can do for your QB.’ There you find success. Ask Billy B.

  41. Former 1st rd pick that could re-start his career on the practice squad in qb starved league. Opens another option door for Dolphins. He now is the#3 and today is a better qb than New England’s #2.

  42. Aren’t there any more McCown’s out there?
    Last chance to show he has anything remotely left.
    Or, just a camp arm.

  43. Good Luck Josh. I hope this works out for you, I never understood why you were cut by the Bucs and never got another real shot. Lots of buster qbs in the league that are not as good as you.

  44. marima07 says:Apr 2, 2015 6:50 PM

    Guess which QB Ndamukong Suh will be practicing on?
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    Brilliant observation!

  45. I have no idea whether or not he can play, but you can’t argue that he hasn’t been through some strange nonsense the last couple years.

    First Schiano, who obviously never wanted him. Then he goes to the Vikings, who insert him into the starting lineup 5 days after they sign him and then never give him another chance after he is predictably terrible.

    It’s a low risk, possibly high reward signing.

  46. whatjusthapped says:
    Apr 2, 2015 8:04 PM
    In his last start, Freeman put on the worst display of Qb-ing I have ever seen. I just can’t determined if its more on him or just a reflection of the hapless Vikings. As the Vikings have shown with more than one QB, it doesn’t matter your talent level when the rest of the team sucks.
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    Maybe it had something to do with the fact that they put him in the starting lineup the week they signed him, giving him virtually no time to learn the playbook or develop any rapport with his recievers, and then never gave him another chance when he predictably bombed.

  47. kmgpop says:
    Apr 3, 2015 6:55 AM
    I kept hearing that he enjoyed the Tampa nightlife too much.
    How’s he going to be with South Beach nearby?
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    The Tampa nightlife? LOL. That dude must be really easily amused.

  48. rodvmunchiii says:
    Apr 2, 2015 6:37 PM
    ….Think of this, Schiano had McCoy, David, Revis, Martin, Vincent Jackson, etc and ran the team into the ground…

    Think of this, the Bucs were awful before Schiano showed up and they have been worse since he left.

    There is lots of blame to go around the Bucs organization as to why the Bucs have generally failed to be competitive in this decade. Suggesting that Schiano is primarily responsible is absurd.

  49. Gee, is that rumor true, that Josh Freeman was brought in just to be N. Suh’s “practice dummy QB”?

  50. Well Ryan Tannehill had some great stats for the Dolphins last season. Matt Moore is a good backup option. However those in the know realize that Ryan has trouble hitting a wide open receiver down the sidelines and moreover is not accurate on deep balls. So perhaps Josh Freeman is insurance in case Tannehill is not the guy the Dolphins think he is moving forward.

  51. bigblu73 says:
    Apr 2, 2015 11:44 PM

    Ole noodle arm AKA Tannehill is Super Average. I’m not a Dolphins by any means but even I got tired of seeing him either over or under throw a WIDE ASS OPEN Mike Wallace!!!! Lol
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    Nice logic there, blu. How does someone with a “noodle arm” overthrow one of the NFL’s fastest receivers on a go route? The deep ball issues between Wallace and Tannehill are due to several factors–none of which have anything at all to do with a lack of arm strength. I submit that it is mostly due to Wallace changing speed during the route (baiting the defenders close and then blazing by). If he is running at x speed when the ball is released and then he speeds up the ball will naturally be underthrown. Trying to compensate for variance is hard to do and makes Tannehill look more inaccurate than he is because when he releases the ball he has no idea where Wallace will actually be. He hit Hartline, Clay and others on long routes much more frequently than he hit Wallace. It was timing and pass rush more than Tannehill’s or Wallace’s lack of ability.

  52. orivar says:
    Apr 3, 2015 12:49 AM

    What a lot of fans don’t realize is that success isn’t just on a player, it’s due to the coaching staff too. I was extremely upset at the Vikings for doing that as they did him absolutely wrong. He was literally cast into the spotlight on a team he was on for BARELY A WEEK!
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    It does take more than just a player to succeed. Viking fans believe that it has more to do with luck. For instance an Rodgers is an elite QB.. they say its luck he fell to them. It took alot of hard work and patience by him and the coaching staff, for him to him develop into the great QB he is.

    Coaching has more to do with it than people think…. would Tom Brady become the QB he has under a different coach? Probably Not…

  53. I hope they get a chance to grab Blake Bell, I’m somewhat savvy with QB position. If they see what I see in this guy..they would not want billy b to grab him. Tanny clone but more so Danny/Tanny….talk about release and pocket awareness. Mark it down. Somehow….I see free going bye bye…bell pushes Tanny… moore will be gone. If he really wants to lead a team…or be a well paid back up for life. I understand. But winners want to play in the big game, not back up….bet you…Blake Bell becomes a leader somewhere.

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