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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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  • Rico Stifler

    I’d sign Freeman for a cheap low deal, maybe two years….

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Good dose of reality there RO. But another dose comes in the fact that Freeman would take weeks/months to get the playbook down?

    Then you have a QB race mid to late season?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Think prima donna.

  • Rico Stifler

    Actually, the biggest reason why no one wanted to trade for Freeman was his 6.2M salary they’d have to pay. I think Freeman was getting tired of the way that Schiano was treating him and was kinda acting out on it. Cuz honestly, before Schiano was hired as HC, I never heard a bad word about Freeman.

  • RaidO

    Jaguars would be the best situation for Freeman. Instant starter.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    There were myriad reasons and most of them didn’t have to do with a $6 million salary.

  • 2romes

    If the rest of you Raider fans find a way I can be blocked from seeing any post from the Dr. Roberts and clones please instruct on how to do so. He is a meaningless topic for discussion.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Is there a secret to knowing there is a new thread?
    Besides no posts for a few minutes, lol.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    You’re a Prior fan but you want someone to come in and compete to get rid of him?
    Those two don’t compute O.

  • plunkhead

    6.2 mill is worth it for a 4,000 yard passer that comes without luggage

  • Davy Jones

    No to Freeman. Let Pryor start and look seriously at drafting a QB in the 1st round. If Pryor does well, the young QB isn’t under pressure to start right away. If Pryor does REALLY well, trade that young QB. If Pryor regresses, his replacement is in the building.

  • Raider O

    Excellent point. I agree. He needs time to learn the play book. Signing Freeman now gives us an opportunity to have a capable QB, if TP doesn’t make it, we can give freeman a few starts to see if he is the future. The move will allow us to have different options to consider before next years offseason.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Not interested much.
    He really isn’t that good, and he has chosen to spiral out of control personally.
    Then the report today he is in “no hurry” to sign elsewhere, i.e, “I just got a big acceleration of a paycheck, hollar at me in a few weeks, off to go see Cinnamon and Katrina.”

  • 24

    Looks like Blount was their main back with Cadillac as the backup.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/tam/2010.htm

  • Rico Stifler

    There wasn’t any luggage before Schiano was hired, that I am aware of.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Team unity is overrated?!
    Like hell it is!!!!!!!!!

    Are you sure you’re Raider O?

  • Piratical

    Gouging out one’s own eyes and suicide are both options, though a tad extreme. However, the alternative is to continue seeing his posts. . . and that’s just no way to live.

  • Miamiraider78

    Those two sound like they might smell like strawberries and black and milds.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Word of advice, stay engaged as long as humanly possible.
    Best of times, all downhill afterwards.

  • plunkhead

    I have trained my eyes to gloss over him but his stalker has some good stuff, so when theres two docs pay attention the smart one

  • Raider O

    Lmao. Great advice. I agree.

  • 24

    Look…I don’t want Freeman to compete with Pryor unless Pryor proves that he needs to be replaced. Freeman is better than Flynn and proven over McGloin at this stage. That’s all that matters.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Humble Pryor versus ego Freeman?
    Only if team unity means nothing.

  • plunkhead

    Good point, that would explain why his teammates are sticking up for him.

  • 24

    Is there a picture of this….Cinnamon and Katrina?

  • 24

    What if Pryor get’s hurt again? You comfortable with McGloin right now?

  • 24

    There’s a smart one?

  • noringcircus

    I suppose that’s true. He’s more of a full back.

  • 24

    Do you have any articles that could relate to this sentiment?

  • Raider O

    It does IMO. I like TP a lot, I like competition, and I don’t want TP to be given the position. I want him to earn it.

  • 24

    I agree with this and this tends to happen more with coaches who transition from college to the pros. Can anybody think of the last coach who came from college and was successful aside from Pete Carroll? If I remember correctly, even Carroll failed his first NFL go around.

  • Dakota

    What are Freeman’s supposed off the field issues?

  • Raider O

    I said team unity is overrated when you are 1-3 and your win was against the jags. Simple English. Are you sure you are EnglandRaider? They do speak English in England, don’t they?

  • 24

    I think he’d be a perfect H Back if he’d just accept the role.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Didn’t he do that already O?
    How you doing by the way, I haven’t sen you on here. Glad you made it to the new blog.

  • 24

    O – What’s your avatar picture of exactly?

  • 24

    To the burger or the woman? haha

  • …And Justice for AL

    Substance abuse

  • noringcircus

    I reason I haven’t left california. Can’t go without my animal style. I’ve considered moving to TX because there’s one in Austin.

  • Dakota

    Like too much asprin?

  • 24

    You haven’t left Cali because of In N’Out? lol

  • seymour bush

    Josh Freeman? Don’t think so. This guy has done nothing his whole career as a Q. We already have four other of those kinds of guys at that position.

  • Raider O

    I’m good bro. How are you?
    He did that against Flynn. I don’t consider Flynn decent competition.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Could be.

  • 24

    Beating out Flynn isn’t exactly earning everything lol…but I’m happy TP won.

  • Rico Stifler

    Carroll failed TWICE, Jets and Pats, before finding success in Seattle.

  • 24

    Ah crap…well there you go.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    The team says that they’re happy.

  • Raider O

    Tom hanks making fun of mich.

  • Rico Stifler

    lol, you’re an idiot. he didn’t have any substance abuse issues off the field. His prescription got messed up and he was given Ritalin instead of Adderall, which his prescription was for. The Ritalin caused a positive drug test. So, no, no substance abuse on Freeman’s part.