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Might Freeman and the Raiders be a good fit?

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

    His off the field stuff has to do with him and his HC, Greg Schiano, not getting along cuz Schiano wanted to get rid of him since he was hired last year.

  • 24

    Says here that Freeman has ADHD and takes Adderall but took Ritalin once and got popped for it. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/buccaneers/2013/10/01/greg-schiano-denies-josh-freeman-drug-program-leak/2903613/

  • seymour bush

    Kind of like that. Except you grind the aspirin up. And snort it.

  • 24

    Wait…is it worth doing? lol…j/k

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    No no no. In this day and age, you don’t draft a QB in the first three rounds unless you’re looking for that guy to start immediately (Rounds 1 and 2) or in the next couple of seasons (Rounds 2 and 3). If Reggie and DA really think Pryor is the guy, we won’t go near a QB until the third day of the draft.

  • 24

    Ah

  • Rico Stifler

    In all honesty, I think there is a good chance that we will sign Freeman to at least a one year deal. One, we have a UDFA as a QB2. Two, Olsen was Freeman’s OC from 2009-11, when Freeman was his most productive.

  • noringcircus

    Well, one of the reasons. Mild weather and the Raiders of course. But in and out man, I’ve haven’t tasted anything close.

  • Rico Stifler

    I’d be willing to sign freeman cheap to compete with Pryor as the starter. Freeman can run too and he is a much, much, much better passer than Pryor is.

  • Davy Jones

    Aaron Rodgers, anyone? Not sure the instant starter at QB is wisdom I buy into- the recent history of the NFL is filled with shell-shocked former 1st rd QBs. This team is horrendous at developing QBs and needs to be more careful.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    The big question about Freeman: Would he be willing to come here on a league minimum salary (which is all we can afford) as the unquestioned #2 to Pryor? If the answer is yes, then MAYBE we look at him. If the answer is no, then we shouldn’t go near him.

  • The_Judge37

    I was on the Fence about Freeman. Not a big beleiver in him, but if seymour bush thinks he’s a bad QB, then he just might be pretty good.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Link, please?

  • The_Judge37

    Do we even know that Freeman like Olson as a Coach?

  • kennyfoster01@gmail.com

    Freeman can’t do nothing with this OL,he will be in the same position as the other QBs and running backs.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Again, the question is if Freeman would be willing to accept being Pryor’s backup, period. The last thing we need is someone jawing in the locker room about how HE should be starting.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    That would not accomplish anything positive. If the Raids are a go with Pryor he needs zero distractions. He can mentor Magroin. Let the season ride on the roster as is.

  • The_Judge37

    Not if he knows about this regime’s desperation to bury Pryor on the Roster.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    No, we don’t know that. Olson spoke highly of him today, but maybe he was just being a nice guy.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    Big Mac, don’t truck with no knucklehead/dopers, ain’t gonna occur.

  • Raider O

    England,

    Unlock your posts brother. It makes it easier to read your posts when you respond.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Freeman is a starting quarterback of some talent and with some personal issues.
    If he’s brought in it won’t be as a back up to Pryor.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    What do you mean O?

  • Just Fire Baby
  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    Doubt he is “brought in”, no upside to it.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Their “desperation to bury Pryor?” Right. They want to bury Pryor. That’s why they started him the first three games of the season and then were overly cautious when his concussion popped back up before game four. That’s why he’s the undisputed starter this week with his big offseason competition now third-string. Because Reggie and DA are “desperate to bury him.” Whatever.

  • Davy Jones

    We aren’t competing for the AFC West or the wild card this year, let alone the SB. So yes, ride with McGloin. Worst case, you’ve got a high draft pick to pair with your $50 Mil in cap room next year. Best case, Pryor- or McGloin- emerges.

  • The_Judge37

    Only after all their previous attempts of Leinart, Flynn and Wilson failed miserably.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Flynn was given the starter’s job at the beginning of camp (and proceeded to lose it). Not sure what you mean by Wilson, though. He was a fourth-round pick who played his way onto the practice squad. Or are you saying that Pryor’s presence meant they shouldn’t have drafted a QB at all, in any round?

  • Rico Stifler

    http://tracking.si.com/2013/09/30/josh-freeman-nfl-drug-program-benched-buccaneers-greg-schiano/

    This explains why he was in stage one of the drug program. It has nothing to do with him having a substance abuse problem. He voluntarily entered cuz he had a prescription to treat his ADHD cuz the prescription was for something that is normally on the banned list and he got an exemption for it.

  • The_Judge37

    The important question about Josh Freeman is: Does he have any place holding experience?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    The record shows otherwise Judge. Flynn was replaced by Pryor after the third pre-season game and Pryor started the regular season not Flynn–Allen’s decision

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Aaron Rodgers was a unique case where a guy who many thought should have gone #1 overall was still available at #20 for a team with an aging superstar whose reckless style of play meant every game could be his last. That’s a unique situation that happens maybe once a decade.

  • The_Judge37

    They wasted their time with Leinart, had they got more looks at Pryor then they wouldn’t have traded for Flynn and might not have drafted Wilson.

  • Rico Stifler

    I don’t think he’d have a problem with playing back up to Pryor, but how long can you reasonably expect Pryor to hold off Freeman? Freeman is the better QB and he spent his first three years in the league with Olsen as his OC, so he’d know Olsen’s playbook far better than Pryor would.

  • Piratical

    They’ve got to sign a pro bowl-caliber holder now! Condo and said holder would be unstoppable.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Since when does the quarterback get to pick the OC?

  • The_Judge37

    We had a Pro Bowl holder before

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    Glad Condo got a hair cut,, lol

  • Rico Stifler

    For me it’s all about who gives your team the best chance. I think it’d be Freeman over Pryor. Mainly cuz Freeman is the better QB of the two and cuz he is more familiar with Olsen’s offense than Pryor is. How? Olsen was Freeman’s OC for the first three years of his career. I think that Freeman should come in as a back up, for now. But eventually he is going to blow past Pryor.

  • The_Judge37

    Since the QB is a Free Agent, and has preference of where, and whom, to play for.

  • Raider_Riff

    It may happen infrequently, but it should be the norm. The way GB did it was the proper way all teams should develop talent.

    The caveat is that VERY few GMs have that sort of leash that Ted Thompson had to pull it off.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    all that is great, and worth backing, but is Freeman jacked in the head?

    Gotta be sometin going on,,

  • Rico Stifler

    Any surprise how these ‘rumors’ didn’t happen til after Schiano was hired as HC last year?

  • Raider_Riff

    The clones are smarter.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    The last first-round QB before Rodgers who had that kind of learning time was Steve McNair, and McNair was a small-school QB whom the Oilers drafted and said publicly they would sit for two seasons before he started.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    LOL.
    They’ve been trying for weeks to trade him with no takers.
    That doesn’t sound as if he’s got his pick of teams.
    And he still wouldn’t get to pick his own OC.

  • Raider O

    When I go to your profile, it doesn’t show your posts.

  • Raider O

    It says: this user’s activity is private.

  • The_Judge37

    No $h!t Sherlock, but things are differnt now that a trade is off the table and he’s free to go where ever. If he doesn’t like Olson as an OC, he wouldn’t consider us if we did make a min offer. If he does like Olson, he might take a min offer. Get it now?