Dolphins Sign QB Josh Freeman
The Miami Dolphins have a franchise quarterback that appears to be ready for a major leap in 2015. Ryan Tannehill enjoyed a third straight season of improvement under center and he and the Miami offense could be headed for their best season yet. That doesn’t mean the Fins don’t exercise every opportunity to get better at every position, however.
In an effort to do that, the team has reportedly brought on former Buccaneers, Vikings and Giants quarterback Josh Freeman. The #17 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Freeman spent last season out of the league after failing to latch on with the New York Giants over the summer.
Freeman tried out for the Giants and enjoyed a brief stay after being released by the Vikings, who had picked him up after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut ties with their one time franchise passer.
Freeman appeared to be one of the top young passers on the rise during his first few seasons with the Bucs, but didn’t appear to see eye to eye with then head coach Greg Schiano. A difference in opinions (or perhaps Freeman’s reportedly horrible work ethic) led to his eventual release.
While Freeman’s career seems to be spiraling out of control, the 27-year old still has youth and talent on his side. Always blessed with great size, solid athleticism and a cannon for an arm, Freeman was sure to latch on somewhere as a project at some point.
Freeman’s new destination hopefully will be with the Dolphins for the full length of his one-year deal. While Freeman has no chance in competing with or unseating Tannehill, he could lock down the third string spot and potentially eventually make backup Matt Moore expendable.
For now, Miami seems to just be kicking the tires on a talented passer that probably doesn’t belong sitting out on the open market.
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