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Josh Freeman released by the Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins have announced that veteran quarterback, Josh Freeman, has been released after just three months with the team.

Having signed with the Dolphins earlier this year after spending the entire 2014 season out of football, Freeman sought a fresh start but failed to make it to training camp.

The last time the 27-year-old played in a game of football was in 2013 when he was with the Minnesota Vikings.


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Career decline

Freeman signed with the Vikes on October 6 and named as the starting quarterback on October 16 for the week 7 game at the New York Giants and all remaining fixtures.

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The game was a disaster with the signal-caller making only 37.7% of his 53 passes for 190 yards and one interception as the Vikings lost 7-23.

Freeman was scheduled to start against division rivals, Green Bay Packers, but was suffering with concussion-like symptoms during and following the Giants game and was benched in favour of Christian Ponder, finishing the season as third-string QB.

In 2014 Freeman was signed by the Giants on 21 April as an insurance policy while Eli Manning recovered from surgery for an ankle injury sustained against the Washington Redskins.

With Ryan Nassib as the recognised backup for the fully fit Manning, Freeman was released on 30 May.

Freeman sought a fresh start back in Florida with the Miami Dolphins and was signed on 2 April to compete for the back-up position with Ryan Tannehill locked-in as the starter and primed to become one of the league's top QBs and push the Patriots all the way in the AFC East.

It was always going to be a struggle for Freeman to even make second string with Matt Moore, a solid QB, already a known quantity to the Dolphins organisation.


Freeman is still only 27 and could attract other teams with plenty to offer - Cleveland, perhaps? - but as 2014 showed, the NFL has forgotten about him before.

This is another chapter in the incredible story of Josh Freeman in what has become an amazing free-fall for the former first round pick who deserves the chance to save his career, but may not get it.

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