In 2012, Josh Freeman threw for over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns. In 2014 he is a quarterback without a team and possibly, come September, without a job.
It doesn't have to be this way, Freeman at the age of 26 is an experience NFL quarterback. He has 60 NFL games at Tampa Bay under his belt along with one horrific outing for the Minnesota Vikings.
Unfortunately in the NFL, you are only as good as your last performance and Freeman stunk. He was thrown in at the deep end of a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants where he boasted a completion percentage in the 30's.
But look behind his time at Minnesota and the drama that led to him being cut in Tampa Bay and you will find a perfectly adequate NFL quarterback who still has some years to play with.
This week Brandon Weeden, all 30 years of him were picked up by the Dallas Cowboys as a potential number two to Tony Romo. The move was made at no considerable cost to the Cowboys but still I refuse to believe that Freeman has no place in the NFL if Weeden still has a job.
Freeman would be ideally suited at a team with good coaches and a set-in-stone starter. That way he can regain confidence in a system and, when the time is right he can exhibit the sort of skills which made him a first round pick in 2009.
The Chicago Bears would be ideal for Freeman. They have in a head coach, Marc Trestman, the quarterback whisperer. After just one year in Chicago with many decades of frankly not very good QBs, Trestman stumbled on two competent signal-callers. One of those players was signed to a massive deal and I can think of few better players for Freeman to deputise for than Jay Cutler.
The Bears are after a backup, one who could learn the system but could also come in with an experienced hand if needed. Freeman would be available fairly cheaply on the open market with Michael Vick, Matt Schaub and Mark Sanchez more highly valued this offseason.
What will actually happen with Freeman? Watch this space.
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