Originally a 2009 first round pick of the Buccaneers out of Kansas State, Freeman started 59 games for Tampa Bay in 5 seasons–completing 1,144 of 1,967 passes (58.2%) for 13,534 passing yards, 80 touchdowns, 66 interceptions, and a passer rating of 78.8.
In 59 career games with the Buccaneers, Freeman compiled a 24-35 record.
Sep 3, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws a pass during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The 6’6″, 240 pound quarterback has always possessed tremendous physical talent–blessed with an imposing physical build and big arm, but his tenure in Tampa Bay ended tumultuously. Freeman missed a team photo and wasn’t voted as a team captain for the 1st time in 2013. He was released in October of that season, as the team failed to find a suitable trade partner.
Freeman re-surfaced with the Minnesota Vikings that season, making one start. However, he hasn’t played in an NFL regular season game since then.
It’s worth noting that Freeman has also been a member of the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins organizations and just recently the Brooklyn Bolts in the FXFL this season.
For the Colts, the team is in desperate need of quarterback relief. Not only is Matt Hasselback “doubtful” for Sunday’s game against the Titans with a shoulder injury, but backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Monday with a hamstring injury.
With Andrew Luck‘s status for next week still uncertain, the Colts could really use a capable starting quarterback. With limited options this time of year, it makes sense that the team would kick the tires on a quarterback with starting experience such as Freeman.
The 27 year old has not played in a regular season game since 2013, but given the alternatives, could be the Colts best option for next week’s game. That is, if he actually impressed in Monday’s workout, which remains to be seen.