Josh Freeman rolls the dice in Montreal

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At a time when one failed former first-round quarterback considers whether to take a chance in Canada, another failed former first-round quarterback has embraced it.

Former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is trying to win a roster spot with the Montreal Alouettes.

“Someone asked me the other day, ‘Dude, are you out of money? Why are you playing in the CFL?’ ” Freeman recently told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “I said, ‘Because I like playing football.'”

He hasn’t played much football since a once-promising career in Tampa imploded. During his fifth season with the Buccaneers, it all fell apart. He landed in Minnesota, and the Vikings thrust him into action before he was ready, resulting in only one appearance — a Monday night disaster against the Giants.

Next came an offseason stint with the Giants in 2014, followed by an offseason stint with the Dolphins in 2015. Later that year, he played for something called the Brooklyn Bolts in one of the many failed developmental leagues. Somehow, Freeman landed with the Colts at the conclusion of 2015, starting (and somehow winning) a Week 17 game against the Titans.

Since then, Freeman has gotten no opportunities. So he’s giving the CFL a try, primarily because he misses competing at a high level.

“I mean, you can go to the gym and, like, play basketball as hard as you can,” Freeman explained to Stroud. “But you can’t really compete. You don’t sit and prepare all week to go kick some kid’s [butt] in basketball. What kind of loser is that?”

We may soon see what kind of loser, or winner, Freeman is in Canada, depending on whether he loses, or wins, a chance to play there.

As he gives it a try (and it’s hard not to root for anyone who is willing to take a big chance), remember this: Freeman is only 30. If he can somehow rediscover whatever it was that allowed him to pass for more than 4,000 yards in 2012, maybe he’ll eventually get to sit and prepare all week to go kick some kid’s [butt] in football.

42 responses to “Josh Freeman rolls the dice in Montreal

  1. Good luck to you sir. America these days doesn’t give second chances, just ridicule! Good luck in Canada, hopefully you make it back to the NFL. DOn’t listen to the Trump supporters, they will only tear you down and divide and divide!

  2. I wish someone would deeply dig into what exactly happened to Josh Freeman. In 2010 he looked like he was ready to take the NFC over. His collapse into terrible-ness was shocking to witness. Did Schiano mentally break him? Did he get the yips? Was he on drugs? What the heck happened? Someone needs to write a story about it because it’s rare someone just loses the ability to play football well like Josh did.

  3. His fall from grace also coincided with 50lbs of weight loss. Another weird thing someone should have dug into. I think there is a Josh Freeman 30 for 30 to be had.

  4. I’m rooting for him to succeed. But I think the book on him as an NFL QB was that while he could hit short passes and had a beautiful deep ball, he never mastered the mid-range, over-the-linebacker below-the-safety passes. To stop a Josh Freeman offense, just make sure you tackle the receivers short and your safeties never let receivers get behind them.

    But I hope I’m wrong and he does make it back.

  5. One of the strangest falls for a starting being highlighted here on PFT the week after the draft …

    We’ve all spent the last two months dissecting this year’s crop of QBs. Mayfield, Rosen, Rudolph, Wyoming Allen, etc … and listening/watching/reading about these players.

    In Josh Freeman’s case, he was an early entry and first round pick who started 3+ years for the Bucs, with each being an ascending year, topped by year 4 where he threw for more than 4000 yards … then BOOM! He lost it … and was never to approach any where that level of success ever again. The reasons why are still a mystery.

    Point is … we don’t know squat about these guys or how their careers will turn out… and it truly a crap shoot … even after an apparent home run/touchdown pick … and what’s the point of grading a team’s draft 10 minutes after the draft is over?????

  6. “You don’t sit and prepare all week to go kick some kid’s [butt] in basketball. What kind of loser is that?”…. lol! That’s hilarious, because basketball sucks!

  7. DOn’t listen to the Trump supporters, they will only tear you down and divide and divide!

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    Looks suspiciously like some dividing action going on…guess you’re attempting to multiply the division with ⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️? It’s Sunday man, have some food, enjoy your family, and leave the world to work itself out. Don’t worry, the division ain’t going anywhere as long as you help it multiply.

  8. “DOn’t listen to the Trump supporters, they will only tear you down and divide and divide.”

    As he sits there tearing down and dividing people.

  9. Interesting next chapter in the Josh Freeman story. I’m going to watch how this goes….

  10. To the Trump haters: I am independent, but I must say, Obama divided the nation on sexuality, race, gender and more. When he said the Repubs could sit at table but they just have to sit in back, so thought wow. Watching Trumo, he hadsxaccomplished so much and so do wonder how much he could get done if not attacked by deep state and Dems. I am all for tight borders, following laws, equality, lower taxes, great economy, and strong defense. Call me crazy

  11. The Vikings should have never started Freeman in that game but the same could be said about most of the Viking Qb’s including Ponder, T Jack and most famously, Joe Webb. Yes, the Vikings trotted out a 3rd string WR to play QB in a playoff game and it ended with predictable results, the Vikings lost. Yet again.

  12. That 2013 year was a tough one. 5-11. That Freeman Monday night experiment dis not go very well. Freemans start was sandwiched between a Matt Cassel start and a Christian Ponder start.

  13. I’ve posted about this several times but never seems to make it past the mods. Freeman was widely rumored to have a nasty coke/uppers habit. Ran the nightlife in Tampa with Doug Martin who got popped for uppers (adderall) last season just like Freeman years before. He lost a ton of weight too. I had read on a few blogs that Freeman lost the weight by abusing adderall to get him into better cardio shape but he liked the energy it gave him so he graduated to other drugs like coke and his career just fell apart as the partying lifestyle took its toll. Make no mistake, if he’s still using I bet my bottom dollar he probably has money issues.

  14. whatjusthapped says:

    May 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    The Vikings should have never started Freeman in that game but the same could be said about most of the Viking Qb’s including Ponder, T Jack and most famously, Joe Webb. Yes, the Vikings trotted out a 3rd string WR to play QB in a playoff game and it ended with predictable results, the Vikings lost. Yet again.

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    Okay, let me correct you……again. Freeman was not on the Vikings during the 2012 season, in fact neither was Travaris Jackson. Jacksons last season with the Vikings was 2010. Ponder was injured after he beat the Packers in the final game of the season in Green Bay to make the playoffs. Joe Webb who was listed as a WR was pressed into service. The only thing correct in your post was the predictable result. If Ponder was able to start the Vikings would have beat the packers…..again.

  15. footballinla says:
    May 6, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Good luck to you sir. America these days doesn’t give second chances, just ridicule! Good luck in Canada, hopefully you make it back to the NFL. DOn’t listen to the Trump supporters, they will only tear you down and divide and divide!
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    You are some kind of deranged to shoe-horn the President into every one your thoughts. America is doing GREAT with the LOWEST EVER black unemployment rate. If Josh does well in Canada, perhaps he can return and that LOWEST EVER black unemployment rate even lower. Until then, get some help with your cognitive dissonance and try to move on in life.

  16. This dude broke my heart. I thought he was finally going to be the rock at quarter back tampa never really had. The closest was Doug Williams but ownership ran him off. Good luck Josh. Get your grove back and show everyone you still have it. If you do get back to the nfl, please take it easy on my bucs!

  17. kevin926 says:
    May 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm
    This dude broke my heart. I thought he was finally going to be the rock at quarter back tampa never really had. The closest was Doug Williams but ownership ran him off. Good luck Josh. Get your grove back and show everyone you still have it. If you do get back to the nfl, please take it easy on my bucs!

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    Always liked the Bucs. They reminded me of the Vikings, tough defense, always needed a QB. Kinda funny the Bucs SB was won by a Viking QB, Brad Johnson.

  18. footballinla says:

    DOn’t listen to the Trump supporters, they will only tear you down and divide and divide!
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    I agree. What was really bad was when he called Hillary supporters a basket of deplorables. It’s as if he had no interest in expanding his voting base.

  19. So not to make anything political but you folks are aware that “unemployment numbers” is only in reference to people that are first time signing up for unemployment benefits, and that it isn’t an accurate measure of who’s working and who’s not working, but more of who was just recently let go?

    Cool.

    Also, Freeman is a bum. He’s at the bar like every week. He has a really nice car and is surrounded by pretty women. If he turns it around I’ll be happy for him but I’m not going to hold my breath at all.

  20. footballinla says:
    May 6, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Good luck to you sir. America these days doesn’t give second chances, just ridicule! Good luck in Canada, hopefully you make it back to the NFL. DOn’t listen to the Trump supporters, they will only tear you down and divide and divide!

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    How true!

  21. the Vikings trotted out a 3rd string WR to play QB in a playoff game and it ended with predictable results, the Vikings lost. Yet again.

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    Thanks for the history lesson, as I recall too Webb ran right down the field on the first drive in that game and then Musgrave thought it’d be a great idea to not to do that the rest of the game and turn him into a pocket passer. Funny thing is the next week the 49ers used the same plan as that first drive and ran through the entire defense all game to the tune of 556 yards. What p.o.s. team was that again?

  22. It is amazing how far and quickly his career fell apart. The Bucs were close to signing him to a long term deal. You had the whole team captain mystery. Then there were whispers of off the field stuff. I think he let fame get to his head. It happens.

  23. filthymcnasty3 says:
    May 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Montreal is better than MN.
    ))))))))))00

    So you are saying they are better than your packers at the same time. Good one.

  24. This is what can happen if your HC doesn’t believe in your QB. It’s always seemed silly to me when fans want coaches (and the dumb organizations oblige) that are not 100% behind young QBs. When Freeman had a coaching staff behind him, he was a rising star. Schiano came in and immediately decided he didn’t like him instead of being professional and saying I’m going to get the best out of this QB until something happens that puts me at the top of the draft where we’d have to consider a blue chip guy that was there. Never makes sense to me.

  25. Isn’t..those original uniform and bucks Bruce were awesome….2nd…I hope Freeman is off whatever drugs he may been addicted to and carves a few good seasons in Canada.

  26. footballinla says:

    May 6, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Good luck to you sir. America these days doesn’t give second chances, just ridicule!

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    So he spent time with the Bucs, Vikings, Colts, Giants, and Dolphins? Yeah, someone give this poor guy a second chance…

  27. flviking says:

    May 6, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    whatjusthapped says:

    May 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    The Vikings should have never started Freeman in that game but the same could be said about most of the Viking Qb’s including Ponder, T Jack and most famously, Joe Webb. Yes, the Vikings trotted out a 3rd string WR to play QB in a playoff game and it ended with predictable results, the Vikings lost. Yet again.

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    Okay, let me correct you……again. Freeman was not on the Vikings during the 2012 season, in fact neither was Travaris Jackson. Jacksons last season with the Vikings was 2010. Ponder was injured after he beat the Packers in the final game of the season in Green Bay to make the playoffs. Joe Webb who was listed as a WR was pressed into service. The only thing correct in your post was the predictable result. If Ponder was able to start the Vikings would have beat the packers…..again.

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    Typical Vikings Troll Comment from ThatJustHappened. The Vikings QB play between 2010 – 2013 was probably some of the worst in the history of the franchise. If you look in recent years the QB play has been very good. Bridgewater did good for a young guy, not amazing. Bradford and Case Keenum both had career years both years they started. 2016 only resulted badly because of historical injuries to the Offensive Line which resulted in little protection for Bradford and no run game (Last in the league). Lately Qb’s that have come to the Vikings have had career years. Watch for Cousin’s to keep the trend going.

  28. His downfall had nothing to do with the coaches and everything to do with his off the field activities.

    I’m hoping he has turned it around and gets back on track

    and man, i miss the creamsicle uniforms and bucco bruce! best unis ever!

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