YouWager experts have recently learned that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has decided to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.
The quarterback’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, posted the following on Twitter:
Minnesota gave Freeman a one-year deal worth about $3 million, according to different sources.
In total the 25 year-old will make more than $11.4 million until he becomes a free agent this winter, factoring in the $2.479 million the Buccaneers paid him at the start of the NFL season, the $5.9 million in termination pay from the team, and his new deal with the Vikings.
Freeman also had been linked to the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders since being released by Tampa Bay on Thursday after a tumultuous season for the quarterback and the team that made him the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft.
Minnesota now adds Freeman to a quarterback depth chart that already includes Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel — who started in place of an injured Ponder in the Vikings’ only victory of the season.
Freeman was in the last year of his rookie contract. The Bucs came into the season fully willing to pay him as a franchise quarterback as long as he demonstrated he was worthy with his performance on the field, sources revealed.
The Kansas City native was benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon prior to the Buccaneers 13-10 defeat versus the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. In 60 career games, Freeman has thrown for 13,534 yards, 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions. The Pro Bowler is the franchise’s leader in career TD passes.
In the previous NFL season, Freeman threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns. The former Wildcats’ player had two touchdown passes and three interceptions this season before he was benched.