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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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  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Oh,
    I’m still learning how this thing works.
    I think I like it though.

  • Raider_Riff

    In other words… Its a working philosophy.

    But again, most owners/fan bases don’t have the patience.

    And most coaches don’t live out their contracts either.

  • Rico Stifler

    I don’t think he is. More than anything, I think it was just his frustrations with the situation he found himself in with Schiano. Schiano has been talking smack about Freeman almost as soon as he was hired. It almost seemed to me like he was trying to run Freeman out of town so he can get the QB he really wanted.

    Schiano has had bad press about him as far back as like 2008 when he was still with Rutgers. Allegations of double standards and racism. When he was first hired, he turned a lot of his players off with his approach and his dictator-like leadership.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Big upside. It’ll be week’s before a Mcgloin vs. Pryor debate gains any traction. We could have a controversy right now, instead.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    I blame Polamalu for all the ridiculous hair doo’s causing all these helmets to pop of every single play.

    Helmets poping of used to be a rare occurrence, and an OOOO moment cause someone got lit up,

    know it’s a “htf” did that fool expect to keep his lid on his melon with that pile of hair?

    Just spayyin,,,

    edit: removed an “o’ in poping,,

  • plunkhead

    Yes but mostly it annoys the hell out of the original,

  • spiff

    If Allen was to bring in Freeman, it would show once again that TP isn’t his guy. Not once has Allen endorsed Pryor. Since last year. Pryor has 12 games to improve, let him.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    indeed, you have a very valid point

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    LOL.
    He does not have his pick of teams.
    He can not choose where he goes.
    He’ll more than likely end up at the Jags-but only, according to you (LOL) if they install coaches that he likes”! LMAO!
    I hope that was slow enough for you.
    You shouldn’t get your knickers in a twist just because you’re wrong again. You should be used to it by now.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Wouldn’t be the first employee to have a bad boss push him into drug use.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    O, weren’t you working on an economics degree?

  • The_Judge37

    All you had to say was, “No, I still don’t get it”

  • Rico Stifler

    remember Anthony Davis? He was a Guard the Niners took in the first round out of Rutgers. He signed a big 5 year, 37.5M extension. His college coach was Schiano. Eben though Davis was a first round pick, Schiano took him that he was gonna be a one contract and done player in the NFL.

  • plunkhead

    It only took about 48 hours for the addict me to accept my new home

  • Rico Stifler

    One, there was no substance/drug abuse. Two, it was a prescription that he had to treat his ADHD.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    LOL.
    Too true Purvis.
    It seems to me that a lot of people seem kind of eager to abandon Pryor really quickly now that he has the job.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    I definitely am no Shiano fan.

  • Miamiraider78

    “In due time, son.”

  • Raider O

    Close. BA and Finance. I graduated in 2011.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    ???????????
    Not once has he endorsed him?
    He selected him to be his starting quarterback when the season started.
    He just demoted Flynn–McKenzie’s choice-to third string.

  • Rico Stifler

    Yeah, he was known as Greedy Greg among Rutger fans.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    I swear, some people don’t understand what endorsing in the NFL is.

    If you are on the field you are being endorsed.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Well done. I hope it’s paying off in these troubled times.
    I think you did tell me that you stopped selling cars bro.

  • Prometheus

    what if what if

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You were threatening to scarcify yourself, weren’t you?

    glad you didn’t.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    If AD brought Freeman in, held a presser stating JF was starting qb for the Raids this Sunday I could agree, short of that, not so much.

  • Prometheus

    if Raiders bring in Freeman he’ll be starting. the guy won’t expect to be a backup.

  • 24

    Maybe Shaun King should be more concerned about his own personal weight gain.

  • Rico Stifler

    Also:

    “In a statement released after the initial reports of his presence in the substance-abuse program Monday night, Freeman said he has a prescription for Adderall to treat ADHD but that last year he inadvertently took Ritalin, which triggered a positive test. As a result of the positive test, he submitted to frequent drug screenings and placement in Stage 1 of the program.”

    That is an excerpt from an article on ESPN.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Correct. For that matter, if the Raiders bring him in, they’ll expect it too.

  • 24

    Aaron Rodgers was the perfect QB for the 49ers and everyone knew it except for the 49ers. Played in the West Coast offense with Cal, hometown hero and all and the 49ers picked the spread option QB out of Utah?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    If that’s true, we won’t be bringing him in then. DA has very publicly given the keys to Pryor.

  • plunkhead

    Thanks
    I am pretty sure I just huffed and puffed because I knew better then to make any threats like the time I said I would never commit adultry

  • Rico Stifler

    Maybe he brings in Freeman cuz Freeman is the better QB and cuz he spent three years in Olsen’s offense.

  • The_Judge37

    If they did that, then they’d be giving up on this Season. It’ll be Palmer 2011 all over again.

  • 24

    Not For Long (NFL)

  • Raider O

    I stopped while I was in school. I develop and sell properties in Jordan. The problems in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and other surrounding countries make it a great business. The key is to develop cheap properties (apartments).

  • 24

    And that’s priceless.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Now you’re going to get Bo yelling about Condo lol.

  • plunkhead

    That new poll is missing a choice
    F^%k no

  • 24

    Must be the secret sauce.

  • Rico Stifler

    The only thing though is that Freeman knows Olsen’s offense faaaar better than Pryor does. not to mention that Freeman is a much better passer than Pryor is. I think they could bring in Freeman as a back up til he gets acclimated to the players here, but then he could blow right past Pryor.

  • The_Judge37

    The Keys were given to Flynn, who left the car running and Pryor jumped in and took off.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Everybody that gets married says that stuff. They’re called wedding vows or something. Don’t mean a thing.

  • Rico Stifler

    I think they should bring in Freeman, especially if DA wants to keep his job. It just comes down to two reasons why he should bring in Freeman: Better passer and knows Olsen’s offense better.

  • Prometheus

    RM won’t bring in Freeman because he’d take the job from Pryor and the Raiders would be even MORE of a trainwreck after that. I like Freemans ability though, he has the tools to of a top 10 QB

  • The_Judge37

    Freeman had his best and worst seasons under Olson.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Wasn’t he was always yelling to cut Condo’s hair.

  • Rico Stifler
  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Something else to keep in mind about Tampa: Schiano is a complete and utter headcase jerk. Deadspin reported a few days ago that Schiano sends assistant coaches into the locker room to see who’s “serious” or not, and also has assistants review the sideline shots of game film to determine the same thing. That’s right: he’s making his assistants waste valuable time so they can spy on their own players. Tampa’s players will quit listening to him (if they haven’t already) and he’ll be back at some mid-major college next season.