Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4 Teams That Will Suit Josh Freeman
It is inevitable that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' former starting quarterback will soon be a "free man."
Under Bucs coach Greg Schiano's authority, Josh Freeman is headed to the bench and soon, to another team.
After having a great sophomore campaign in 2010, the young Buc(k) has struggled to replicate that performance. It's unfortunate he wasn't given much of a chance to flourish after starting the 2013 season 0-3. Granted, one of those losses was not his fault.
Freeman will soon pack his bags and leave the coach that never put any chips on him as Tampa Bay’s future QB.
Here are the spots that I think will suit Freeman well in his future.
It’s not the most ideal destination, but it’s not Tampa Bay either.
For a quarterback as talented as Freeman, it would truly be a downgrade going to the Jaguars, but he could help upgrade their pocket.
With a team that essentially has only Maurice Jones-Drew and a good young receiver in Cecil Shorts, Freeman can add to an offense that desperately requires help.
Freeman’s presence, as well as his play, could attract key free agents and get Jacksonville back to its 2007 playoff form.
A new start in a city with low expectations (to say the least) would allow Freeman to comfortably ease into his role as an eventual starter.
It’s hard to lead an aerial attack by throwing only short passes.
Peterson can’t repeat his 2012 performance each season, which is why the Vikings' vertical game requires improvement.
Freeman can enhance Minnesota’s offense with his ability to throw the deep ball to expand the passing game and help AP, which would give the Vikings a dynamic offense they have not had for years.
Minnesota would be an ideal place for Freeman to land.
San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers certainly has the numbers to back up his fiery attitude, but his playoff success? Eh, not so much.
Bringing in Josh Freeman can give the Chargers a new look at quarterback, as well as help Freeman further expand his game. However, Freeman might have to wait there if Mike McCoy is not ready to give up on Rivers.
Should Freeman get the nod to start in San Diego in 2014, there would be plenty of talent for him to throw to with Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and even Danny Woodhead in the backfield.
This move might require patience from Freeman, but it would benefit him in the end.
New England Patriots
By no means would Josh Freeman take Tom Brady’s job if he lands here. This is strictly a post-Brady move.
Ryan Mallett is currently the only other quarterback on the Patriots' roster, but he virtually has no regular-season experience. Mallett did show he has the ability to make plays for New England in the preseason. However, it’s doubtful that Mallett can shock the world in the same way that Matt Cassel did in 2008 when he replaced Brady after Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Freeman would provide the Patriots with a solid backup to Brady and Freeman could learn a great deal from Brady before the veteran calls it a career. Freeman would also be a promising investment for the organization should he decide to fill his role behind Brady.
Going to New England would mean becoming a second-string QB, but if Freeman were to embrace that role, it would benefit him, as well as the Pats in the future.