By Eric Schmidt

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally granted Josh Freeman his wish last week and released him. Multiple reports suggested that the Buccaneers contacted all 31 other teams around the league in order to strike a deal for a trade, but with every other team knowing he would eventually be released, coupled with his remaining salary, the Buccaneers could not find a trade partner.

Freeman’s agent reported that his client had been contacted by 10 teams around the league. Teams such as the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills were believed to be interested for the five-year veteran heading to free agency after this season.

The Minnesota Vikings stepped up and made Freeman an offer. Reported as a one-year deal worth $3 million, Freeman is now making more than Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel combined, the other two quarterbacks on the current roster.

It’s being speculated that Ponder might be heading for the season ending injured reserve list. Ponder is dealing with fractured ribs and is expected to miss up to four weeks. This past week, ESPN 1500 out of Minneapolis reported that the fracture was in his chest region very close to his heart.

This move makes one wonder what the future holds for Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder. Ponder has been struggling and might become the odd man out after the regular season. It also speaks volumes about Matt Cassel, who was with the Vikings the entire offseason and should have a grasp on the playbook by now.

Freeman possesses a strong arm and that should benefit Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson and Cordarrelle Patterson in the passing game. The Kansas State product now lines up under center with the league’s best running back behind him in Adrian Peterson.

 

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