It looked for ma moment this weekend that free agent quarterback Josh Freeman was signing with the Buffalo Bills, meaning the Bengals would likely be facing him in the upcoming week. They will likely face him, but it won’t be next week.
According to multiple media reports, Freeman is signing with the Minnesota Vikings on a 1-year deal worth $3 million:
Josh Freeman is going to the Vikings per league source.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 7, 2013
Josh Freeman is signing with Minnesota. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
It’s a one-year deal for Josh Freeman and the Vikings, per source. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 7, 2013
Freeman will earn a full $8.6M this season after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. The Bengals play the Vikings in Week 16 at Paul Brown Stadium. The 3-2 Bengals and 1-3 Vikings may both be fighting for their playoff lives, and Freeman certainly elevates Minnesota at a higher level than they were previously at with the enigmatic christian Ponder.
Freeman threw for 4,065 yards, 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2012, and in 2010, led the Bucs to a 10-6 record while throwing for 25 TDs and just six interceptions in his first full season as a starter.
He’s shown the potential to become a franchise QB in the right situation, which, given the amount of offensive weapons surrounding him in Minnesota, may be the best fit for him. It’s already safe to call him the best QB Adrian Peterson has ever played with.