Amid comeback attempt in CFL, Josh Freeman retires

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Former first-round Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, who at only 30 is still younger than many of the NFL’s current starters, has retired amid a comeback attempt in Canada.

“We would like to thank Josh for his work and dedication. He was a consummate professional throughout camp,” Montreal Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed said. “We respect his decision and we wish him the best in the future.”

Less than three weeks ago, Freeman’s return to football provided an unexpected offseason feel-good story. The guy who once had a 4,000-yard season was giving it another go, more than two years after his last NFL action.

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

Freeman’s quick exit from Canada is a reminder that the CFL features great athletes and significant competition. Former CFL and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, who arguably was the greatest CFL player of all time, recently explained during a visit to PFT Live the challenges presented by playing in Canada.

It’s important to keep this in mind at a time when many are assuming that Johnny Manziel’s ascension to the starting quarterback job with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be simple or automatic.

22 responses to “Amid comeback attempt in CFL, Josh Freeman retires

  1. Ask Bud Grant how easy the CFL is. He coached the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before coming to the NFL.

  2. This guy fell off so fast. It’s a 30/30 episode in the making.. it makes no sense. He could have held a clipboard for years and made good money.

  3. Some people just arn’t suited to play professional sports. Josh Freeman is one. You have to work for everything you achieve. You have to want it more than the other guy. It’s pretty simple, Freeman never work to improve himself or his trade.

  4. Man, what happened to this dude? At one time he looked like he was gonna be a pretty good QB. Yet another cautionary tale for other young QBs entering the NFL.

  5. Those CFL players might not be that talented but I’m sure they’re hungry as hell, wouldn’t like to be hit by any of them.

  6. People like to dump on the CFL as though it’s it’s some kind of clown league that you can just sign up to play in. The fact is that it’s the second only to the NFL in the professional football world. It is the closest thing to a farm system that football has. No one dumps on AAA, D-league or the AHL the way they do the CFL and those are all equals.

  7. mikebel11 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 6:44 pm
    People like to dump on the CFL as though it’s it’s some kind of clown league that you can just sign up to play in. The fact is that it’s the second only to the NFL in the professional football world. It is the closest thing to a farm system that football has. No one dumps on AAA, D-league or the AHL the way they do the CFL and those are all equals.

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    Actually NCAA College Football is the closest thing to a Farm System the NFL Has as way way way way more former College players make it to the NFL than former CFL players make it to the NFL, its fairly rare for a CFL player to make an NFL regular season roster & even rarer for a CFL guy to make an NFL Roster as a starter. The NFL 110% dependent on College football for its future talent as the league couldnt exist without it.

  8. Hawkkiller your response on the NCAA being the closest thing the NFL is ridiculous. You must be a Browns fan. Keep watching them and snorting more dust.

  9. Flutie was arguably the greatest – give me a break – Maybe Warren Moon –
    “””Warren Moon played six years for Edmonton from 1978 to 1984 and the Eskimos won the Grey Cup in five of those seasons (1978-83). Moon apprenticed under the grizzled Tom Wilkinson and then took oer as the #1 QB, and improved his passing stats in each of his six years. Moon’s yards passing went from 1112 to 2382 to 3127 to 3959 to 5000 to 5648. Moon’s best season in terms of awards had to be his final season in the CFL in 1983, when he won Western and All-Canadian All-Star honours as well as winning the Oustanding Player Award. Some of Moon’s earlier season might have been better statistically. In 1983, Moon completed 57.2% of his passes, but completed 59.2% in 1982 and a career high 62.7% in 1981. In terms of touchdowns, Moon’s best season was 1982 when he tossed 36 TD passes compared to only 16 interceptions. After the 1983 season, Moon joined the Houston Oilers of the NFL, going on to have a highly successfull career in the NFL from 1984 to 2000 with 49,329 yards passing and a 58.4% completion percentage..Moon was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2001″””

  10. I always wondered why he disappeared after having good seasons. He had some bad ones too but nothing that would explain his complete erasure from the league. I heard he had a coke problem but that seemed just a rumor. Mystery.

  11. hawkkiller says:
    May 26, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    mikebel11 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 6:44 pm
    People like to dump on the CFL as though it’s it’s some kind of clown league that you can just sign up to play in. The fact is that it’s the second only to the NFL in the professional football world. It is the closest thing to a farm system that football has. No one dumps on AAA, D-league or the AHL the way they do the CFL and those are all equals.

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    Actually NCAA College Football is the closest thing to a Farm System the NFL Has as way way way way more former College players make it to the NFL than former CFL players make it to the NFL, its fairly rare for a CFL player to make an NFL regular season roster & even rarer for a CFL guy to make an NFL Roster as a starter. The NFL 110% dependent on College football for its future talent as the league couldnt exist without it.
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    Actually the NCAA is an amateur minor league. A farm system is a professional developement league that players use to develop once they graduate from an amateur minor league. And as I stated originally, the CFL is second only to the NFL in the PROFESSIONAL football world.

  12. Remember when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaked
    his private medical information to the world?!?

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