A Josh Freeman Vikings partnership has started, less than one week after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dumped their former starting quarterback. According to ESPN on Oct. 7, Freeman signed a one-year-deal worth about $3 million.
The signing, and the money, does not make much sense.
Just last week, it looked like a quarterback controversy was starting when Adrian Peterson hinted that the Vikings might be better with Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback than Christian Ponder. Cassel played after Ponder was injured and led Minnesota to their first win of the season.
Now, they are adding Josh Freeman to the mix, giving them three quarterbacks who have started in the NFL.
Overall, it will be a nice year for Freeman, who will end up making $11.4 million thanks to the termination pay by Tampa Bay and his new contract with Minnesota. That is a lot of money for someone who may not start another game this season.
But, if Minnesota plans to pay him $3 million, they must have plans for him, if for nothing else than to push Cassel and Ponder. Regardless of the fact that Cassel started the only win of the season for the Vikings, Minnesota still lists Ponder as their starting quarterback during this, their bye week.
Josh Freeman has thrown for 13,534 yards, 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions in his career. He eclipsed the 4,000 yard mark in 2012 with 27 touchdown passes.
The Vikings will now likely release their third string quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson.