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Oakland Raiders Shouldn't Consider Signing Josh Freeman

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drops back to pass during the second half of their 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 5, 2013

The rumors may be swirling about Josh Freeman heading to the Oakland Raiders, but the team shouldn't consider signing the controversial quarterback based off their current situation at the position.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted that the Raiders had a legitimate interest in the former quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A recent report by Paul Gutierrez from ESPN.com explained that Greg Olson, the Raiders' offensive coordinator, is still a fan of Freeman:

“You know, I’ve always been a fan of Josh’s,” Olson said. “I have a lot of respect for him, as a person and a player, and it’s unfortunate to me to watch what happened in Tampa … really over the last couple of years.” 

Olson was Tampa Bay’s quarterbacks coach and then offensive coordinator from 2008 through 2011, and the Buccaneers used their first-round draft pick, No. 17 overall, on Freeman in 2009. 

“But I’ve always had the utmost respect for him and I think he’s a great player,” Olson added. “I feel bad for him and that situation, how it’s played out. I just found out myself coming off the practice field that he was released. 

Olson may like Freeman, but bringing in another quarterback isn't going to help this team right now.

At the moment, the Raiders have already had two starting quarterbacks with Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn.  Flynn got the start last week with Pryor missing the game due to a concussion, but now it seems that Pryor will get the job back and is good to go for this week's game against the San Diego Chargers.

While Pryor isn't going to be a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback in 2013, he's a better option than Freeman, and it wouldn't make sense for the team to bring in another backup along with Flynn.  Let's take a look at the season numbers for Pryor, Flynn and Freeman so far to compare all three of them.

Based off those numbers, Freeman isn't an ideal candidate at the quarterback position.

Let's say that the Raiders sign Freeman. Then the likely scenario would be that they release Flynn.  However, the Raiders would have to take a significant cap hit by letting him go.  Oakland would take a hit against the cap of the remaining amount of Flynn's $6.25 million guaranteed on his contract.

Pryor has been the lone bright spot for the Raiders so far, and it wouldn't be fair to the young quarterback who's been playing well to bring in another quarterback and stir up even more drama. 

Whoever is the starting quarterback for this season, the odds of him keeping the job aren't high.  This team is looking for a long-term option who could become the franchise quarterback, and Pryor, Flynn and Freeman aren't the answer in that regard.

At the end of the day, this franchise needs to focus on rebuilding by finding talent through the draft and developing its younger players.  Freeman has already competed for five years in the NFL and hasn't played at a high level since 2010, so there's not much to gain from bringing in this struggling quarterback.

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