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Might Freeman and the Raiders be a good fit?

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 2:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.

ALAMEDA – It’s not every day that a quarterback in his prime hits the free-agent market. Yet, that’s the case now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released veteran Josh Freeman.
Given the Raiders lack of experience at quarterback, it begs the question whether they are interested in signing Freeman.
“I don’t know,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Thursday, without elaborating.
Allen, of course, has enough to worry about without delving into the Freeman situation. That’s where general manager Reggie McKenzie enters the picture.
McKenzie’s decision to trade for quarterback Matt Flynn backfired, with Terrelle Pryor and undrafted free agent Matt McGloin ahead of Flynn on the heels of a disastrous outing by Flynn last Sunday.
Pryor is back as the unquestioned starter after missing one game with a concussion. Even so, he has only four regular-season starts in his three NFL seasons, including three this season.
Freeman, 25, started 59 games since he joined the league in 2009. He fell from favor with coach Greg Schiano this season, got benched last week and released today.
Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson was with the Buccaneers from 2009-11, when Freeman made his first 40 starts.
Olson said he got informed of Freeman’s release as he walked off the practice field today. A short time later, Olson spoke glowingly of the player he once coached.
“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. It was unfortunate for me to watch what happened in Tampa here, really, over the last couple of years. He’s a great player.”

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  • plunkhead

    new post

  • Prometheus

    sounds like military style “leadership”.some people will never get leadership

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Wow! That’s an optimal but dangerous market.
    You could make some big time £ S D (as in money) there man.
    You must have homes in both countries but I’ll bet you still like living in SD. Hope your family’s fine.

  • Rico Stifler

    You’re wrong about the no upside to signing Freeman. Freeman is a better passer than Pryor is and he knows Olsen’s offense better than Pryor ever will.

  • Rico Stifler

    Who are you referring to?

  • Rico Stifler

    You don’t know much do you? Olsen was Freeman’s OC for his first three years in the league. He was his OC when he led TB to 10 wins his second year in and he when he had his best season in 2010.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Oh No! I’m telling Miss Tick on you!

  • …And Justice for AL

    Yeah…. Um, that’s what I would say too

  • Rico Stifler

    There have been reports of Schiano losing his players

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    Bo was so burned,,

    The punt snap debacle last year kept him away for at least 6 months.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    And then he was back on DMac’s case.

  • KoolKell

    No to Freeman. Let’s finally develop the High Character guy Pryor. We already have.

  • rioderek

    Olsens system produced nothing in Tampa but an early termination

  • raider

    Josh Freeman is horrible. Has anyone leaving a comment this guy play??? I watched the bucs play twice this year and I would rather the raiders pick up Mark friggin Sanchez. Watching him play and miss some the throws he did brought back flash backs of Jamarcus Russell. You people are idiots

  • rioderek

    I like Freeman, however; he’s less athletic than Pryor and he’d be eaten alive behind Reggies pathetic o-line. Pryor is one of possibly 2 or 3 QB’s in the league who can do anything behind that porous line.

  • rioderek

    McGloin is and will always be nothing more than a back-up. The guy looks like a boy amongst men, and he’s very turnover prone thus far.

  • Rico Stifler

    No it didn’t, he wasn’t re-signed cuz a new HC was taking over, deeeeeeeeer. Same was the case in Jacksonville cuz Mularkey was fired and Gus Bradley took over and didn’t keep any of the previous staff. I wouldn’t wish Blaine Gabbert on the Niners. That’s how bad Gabbert sucks. Aw, you need to do some research before you open that mouth of yours….

    Also, it did produce a 10-win season in 2010.

  • Rico Stifler

    Freeman is pretty athletic. He can run pretty good. He had like 4 rushing TDs in 2011.

  • http://freezetag168.blogspot.com/ freezetag168

    Only as a 2nd stringer. The reality is that TP2 is a high injury risk because of the type of plays. McGloin isn’t ready to start yet in the event of a highly likelihood injury. Freeman has once thrived in an Olsen offense before. Actually let me rephrase the question: If TP went down again, who’d you rather see start the next game: Flynn or Freeman?

  • SnBfAn

    cut flynn sign freeman…y not? TP still starts….make it clear

  • Jojo

    Actually Flynn PARKED THE DAMN CAR, Pryor said F*** it and hotwired it!

  • david henderson

    I hope they bring Him in, Period…You want to win or Hope you have the right guy… Send Flynn on his way…Hes not broke, he will be fine…

  • JUGULATOR

    Yeah, but this offense doesn’t look any better than Knapps did last year, real lack of imagination, and still can’t do anything with mcfadden, gotta get him out on the perimeter, get him rolling like new jack hustler did…

  • JUGULATOR

    How about , “Lets walk down, and %#@!em all”…

  • Rico Stifler

    I think a majority of it is the injured OL. It’s not opening any holes really in the run game. I think a majority of our rushing yards have been perimeter runs. Also, the OL is really struggling in pass protection too.

    I think until our OL is healthy again and both we get both Watson and Hulk back, we should be using a lot of two TE sets with Reece in to help block or to be used on check downs and screen passes to throw off the opposing Ds.

  • Only In Utah

    starting how soon? he can’t expect to sign with anybody and instantly be made the starter

  • RaiderinPA

    Freeman has personal issues. AADD, missing meetings, etc. We don’t need that in Oakland. Enough looking for the quick fix, it doesn’t exist. Develop the people you have. With that OL, any QB is going to struggle.

  • Depcharger

    no freeman is not a good fit. i would rather see mcgloin play than this bozo.

  • brad

    I agree Freemans issues make him a Non-Raider fit! Nothing to see here move along! LOL!