Report: Freeman, Allen have talked


Free agent quarterback Josh Freeman reportedly has talked to Raiders coach Dennis Allen, is intrigued by the possibility of playing right away and is considering Oakland along with Minnesota as a landing spot after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to a Fox Sports report from Jay Glazer, Freeman could make a decision as early as Sunday night. The Raiders host the San Diego Chargers at 8:35 p.m. with Terrelle Pryor returning as the starting quarterback after sitting out a week recovering from the effects of a concussion.

Other teams Glazer names as suitors include Buffalo, which lost quarterback E.J. Manuel to a knee injury, and the 49ers, who are seeking a backup for Colin Kaepernick.

While Glazer does not give direct sources for his information, he was the first to relay the story last week of Pryor sitting out the Washington game in part because he requested a shaded visor because of sensitivity to light.

Allen later confirmed the story. An HBO Real Sports feature on Glazer noted his relationship with Saints coach Sean Payton. Allen worked for Payton in New Orleans, considers him a mentor.

Freeman, a former first round draft pick out of Kansas State (No. 17 overall) ascended to the starting position in 2009 as a rookie when Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson held the same position with Tampa Bay.

He enjoyed his best professional season in 2010, completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 3,451 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Bucs were 10-6 that season.

“I’ve always been a fan of Josh’s as a person an a player,’’ Olson said Thursday shortly after learning of his release from the Bucs. “It was unfortunate, for me, to watch what happened in Tampa Bay over the last couple of years. I’ve always had the utmost respect for him. I think he’s a great player.

“I feel bad for him and the entire situation and how it played out . .. I don’t think there are any winners for anybody in that situation.’’

Freeman had a tumultuous relationship with the franchise after the hiring of Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, who arrived last season. He reportedly received fines for conduct detrimental to the team, including one for an unauthorized interview with ESPN after learning he was benched and another for missing a team picture.

When it was reported Freeman was in Stage 1 in the NFL substance abuse program, he released a statement which confirmed he mistakenly took the banned drug Ritalin instead of Adderall for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and has successfully completed 46 league-mandated drug tests.

The NFLPA is investigating how the confidential information was made public, with Schiano telling reporters he “absolutely not’’ the source of the leak.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Alex7

    lol, he’s playing well above his expected talent level. Good for him.

  • kenchun24

    Alex if you don’t want to watch the Raiders be successful tonight… fine…go watch Gravity in IMAX 3-D…either way BOTH shows are spectacular!!!

  • VanHeathen30

    Al’s Torch looks like an inferno tonight!

  • Stringer Bell

    Pryor just keeps getting better. He is making a loud statement to night that he is the long term answer.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Now get some real olinemen ans watch this team REALLY take off.

  • RaidingTexas

    Maybe not expected, but some of us thought he deserved a chance. You are not “us”.

  • Ron69

    and somewhere Al is smiling

  • 8raiderreign8

    “I need more reps!”

  • 10centsworth

    Good thought. Good thought.

  • RaiderCDE

    Pryor looks, well, awesome. No question he’s the guy for this team.

  • Que

    wooo more games baby more games. but its be nice if he was

  • RediaR

    Corpses don’t smile

  • 8raiderreign8

    Pryor needs reps

  • EMRaiders

    Raider Heaven. Which I guess some would call Hell?

  • Morilla_00

    I’m in SD and keep getting a Mexican simulcast. Wtf.

  • Nosferatu Man

    More of that drive please. Defense keep it up too!

  • EMRaiders

    Playmakers on 3! PLAYMAKERS!

  • Alex7

    LB/DE Anthony Burr from UCLA? pass-rushing terror. a standard 4-3 DE doesn’t seem to fit unless you want Clowney.

  • Stringer Bell

    D is fired up!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Watching online with frickin DSL. Tolerable. Missed the 1st TD. Keep it F’ing up.

  • RaidO

    Looks like Freeman signed with the Vikings. They will be pretty good

  • 8raiderreign8

    Think Heaven for the cool kids

  • J Hill


  • Alex7

    not taking away his chance, just not sure if he can deliver consistently. but dang happy if he proves me wrong. Will be the 1st QB EVER that I see improve his accuracy this much over college.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Love Barr, been saying he is Jason Taylor 2.0 since last year

  • Alex7

    I used to sell Raider game DVDs to people like you until the NFL sent me their knock-it-off letter.

  • eastoaklandraider

    you’re looking more stupid by the week with all those dumb OSU stats.

  • J Hill

    Not to nitpick, but Porter is not good.

    Wouldn’t be mad if we spent a 2nd on the position.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    And Maddendummy is crying in his mom’s bedroom…and masturbating using his own tears as lubricant.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I disagree.

  • Alex7

    dude. come on.

  • 10centsworth

    So you got a knock it off on a knock it off?

  • Marty Urias

    We need tighter coverage on those wheel routes that’s the only way rivers can beat us tonight

  • J Hill

    Not the first time

  • David Afraimi

    Wow, imagine if DA would have played TP earlier last season……we need an Offensive coach. Tarver has the D playing good…DA is not the Guy….

  • Raider O

    He will till you to calm down, and post his college stats to prove he can’t complete 50% of his passes.

  • Alex7

    similar to QBs, all decent CBs shoot up into the 1st round so might be difficult to find someone better than Porter in round 2.

  • 10centsworth

    I’m listening … so, totally dependent on Papas play by play. I win.

  • Que

    again the over reaction on Reggie and Dennis. Did anyone see how the offensice coordinator looked when Terrelle did his thang. TEAM BABY . TEAM all this picking sides. ITS all about raiders win baby. lets get a win

  • Miamiraider78

    Lol Mr. P!

  • lefty12

    disagree-Get on the wagon.All Raider fans are welcome

  • D has to hold up whole game.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Wake up. Tp sucked last year. “Never really knew how to throw”. And only an idiot would bench Palmer.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I disagree

  • Alex7

    ha, yep. But it’s not like the NFL offered any outlet to Raider fans missing games. So I plugged it.

  • J Hill

    Right on cue, 23 …

    Get it together!!!!

  • Fck. Can’t give SD shìt.

  • Alex7

    it’s almost impossible to shut out an NFL team. it’s ok.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Gates is hard to bring down

  • RaidingTexas

    New post