Report: Freeman To Sign With Giants

April 16th, 2014

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Future Hall of Fame coach Tom Coughlin appears to be ready to place his trust in former Bucs franchise quarterback, sleepy, leaky Josh Freeman.

BSPN is reporting Freeman, 26, is about to sign a contract with the Giants following his workout yesterday in New Jersey. The reason Joe references Coughlin’s “trust,” is because Eli Manning’s health is a bit of a question mark. Freeman is not just training camp meat in this situation.

Manning, 33, had ankle surgery this month and the Giants start their offseason program next week.

It’s quite an endorsement for Freeman to have Coughlin want him. Coughlin has long and close ties with former Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and former Bucs quarterbacks coach John McNulty. There’s no way Coughlin didn’t reach out those men for their take on the man who was defrocked by Greg Schiano and subsequently acted up and forced the Bucs to release him.

Do you think Coughlin would desire Freeman if he thought No. 5 was going to be a crybaby around a tough coach? Heck, Coughlin’s more of a hardass than Greg Schiano?

Perhaps Sullivan and McNulty didn’t paint Freeman as the villain in the Schiano-Freeman feud?

Also, there’s another indirect Giants tie to Freeman. New Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo spent the past handful of years in Green Bay, where he worked alongside Packers QB coach (and former RBs coach) Alex Van Pelt, who just so happened to spend the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Bucs molding Freeman as his QB coach.

There are a lots of intriguing connections here, but none take away from Freeman needing to resurrect himself from NFL train wreck status. Whatever happened to him in Minnesota last season made him an outcast in most NFL circles. He’ll need to earn his way back to relevance.

Freeman’s got so much to prove, and now he’ll have to do it under the biggest NFL spotlight. It sure will be interesting to see how the New York media comes after him like sharks circling a wounded sea lion.

 

 

 

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85 Responses to “Report: Freeman To Sign With Giants”

  1. robert6 Says:

    Robert6 – 48 hours ago you wrote that you were never returning to this horrendous website that offends you so much. Welcome back. Comment deleted for baseless attacks against Joe. –Joe

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Wow! And JF really lit it up against the Giants on MNF…….I hope they are planning on drafting recievers 4’9″ & 7’2″…..

  3. Walter Says:

    Good luck Josh!

  4. stevek Says:

    Good luck Freeman!

    You will not be missed.

  5. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Let’s not forget the 30 other NFL teams that have been beating down the door for Freeman’s services. Camp Arm. Not sure the Giants keep Freeman and say goodbye to Ryan Nassib.

  6. SAMCRO Says:

    Now if Glennon ends up in New England, you’ll have two exBuc QBs on two of the most successful franchises in the northeast. It would really be something that if in a couple of years both Freeman and Glennon play each other in a Super Bowl while Johnny’s still running around with his football.

  7. Maze Says:

    LMAO. 0% chance the quitter ever has any success in the NFL again. I heard a rumor New York is loaded with night clubs flowing with liquor and drugs. Going to be a slippery slope ahead indeed.

  8. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    from my sources, Jfro-6pak is insurance if the Giants have to put Eli on IR for the year. If he is not on the opening day roster the Giants will owe JFro-6pak nothing.

  9. Couch Fan Says:

    He is now very fairly close To Mike Will. They will be able to party together, just like old times.

  10. lightningbuc Says:

    Maze, you beat me to it.

    JFro in NY – what could possibly go wrong?

  11. Couch Fan Says:

    now fairly close*

  12. Eric Says:

    Way better than Glennon.

  13. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Whoa, whoa Maze. Calm down, the guy is not Davone Bess.

  14. Architek Says:

    Freeman will be Freeman. Period.

  15. David Says:

    Good luck Josh. Not if u play us tho…lol

  16. pick6 Says:

    coughlin and freeman will get along famously. i foresee loads of team fines if he makes the roster. isn’t coughlin the “if you’re not 5 minutes early, you’re late” guy?

    i guess freeman figures if a 300 pound Jared Lorenzen could back up Eli, so can he

  17. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    Well at least the Giants are used to QB’s who throw to the other team

  18. Sweets Willie Says:

    Robert6 Welcome Back. Behave!!

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Maze Says
    “LMAO. 0% chance the quitter ever has any success in the NFL again.”

    We’ll see. You sound like you wish the worse for him. Personally, I don’t wish the worse for anyone.

    While Freeman may not get many starting opportunities in NY, he’ll have good coaching.

    And the antics he pulled his last year in Tampa brought a heavy result…almost his career. Maybe he learned from that.

    Regardless, I do not view anything he pulled as horrible in Tampa. He listened to bad advice from his agent. If anything he should fire that agent.

  20. Bucks_Sam Says:

    He’s compete for the backup position.

    yeah, that’s a ringing endorsement.

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    You know, nearly everyone here talks about how bad Schiano was, how bad the coordinators were…and yet…you still say Freeman is to blame for his last year in Tampa.

    He had zero issues before his last year. In fact, he went above and beyond during the lockout. He had player only camps every off season too.

    He portrayed the things you want in leadership.

    Until his last year. Obviously something changed.

  22. Aaron Says:

    Freeman wont make the team…

  23. DI Says:

    I never understood why guys like Robert6 bash Joe for his content. It’s their site; the Joe’s can post whatever they want.

    If it bothers these whiny readers so much, they have several options:

    1) Just not click on the story. People complained about having to “Read More” but it’s actually a wonderful thing to skip a story you have no interest in.

    2) Stop visiting JoeBucsFan.com. No one is forcing you to stay here. If the content bothers you so much, stop coming.

    3) Make their own site, get media credentials, inside connections, and other sources and write their own content. Then you’ll see how hard it is to come up with daily content especially during an offseason with not much going on.

    In the end, we should just be appreciative that we have free insider content for us on the daily rather than complain and be forced to read BSPN’s stories that only appeals to the major markets or a 50 word statement whenever a Buc ends up in trouble with the law.

    Thanks Joes. Appreciate the hard work

  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ BonzaI

    Yea….something changed….his medication….was it Adderall or Ritalin or Xanax or something more exotic.

    Oh…that’s right….it was someone else’s fault…

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    “We’ll see. You sound like you wish the worse for him. Personally, I don’t wish the worse for anyone.”

    When it comes to this million dollar fraud that I shelled out 1,300 bucks to see last season. I damn sure wish the worst for his career. He could take 1,300 bucks out of his sock, for me that’s a lot of money. F U Freeman.

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Poor Josh! Young multi-millionaire!!!

    It was his agent….his coaching…..Talib….Raheem…..his Daddy….his Momma….Grandmamma….Obama….

    Oh….no….it was BUSH!

  27. Buc1987 Says:

    Not to mention the 15 foot banner I made during pre-season in support of Josh. The We Believe In Josh sign. No no no. Ef Freeman.

  28. MadMax Says:

    Haha, thats my womans team and she rags on my Bucs…..hahahahaha, cant wait…hope he starts for them BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  29. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    “Yea….something changed….his medication….was it Adderall or Ritalin or Xanax or something more exotic.”

    He was actually approved for one of the meds. It’s not like he was popping pills because of an addiction. He has a medical condition and the NFL approved treatment.

    His mistake was assuming permitting treatment included changes in his meds that his doctor had him take.

    To hold his meds against him is idiotic. We all have to take medicine at one time or another.

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    Freeman is idiotic.

  31. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Buc1987 Says
    “When it comes to this million dollar fraud that I shelled out 1,300 bucks to see last season. I damn sure wish the worst for his career. He could take 1,300 bucks out of his sock, for me that’s a lot of money.”

    I shelled out more than double that. The defense was improving and I enjoyed the games I attended. From game one the offense sucked, and not just because of Freeman.

    If it was just Freeman, why did the fans want Schiano gone?

  32. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I remember the banner. You held on to supporting him till like week three if I remember right.

    I agree he sucked last year, starting with the communications issues in game one. I just do not think EVERYTHING was his fault.

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    Bonzai …when I shelled out that money. I did it with a sense that Freeman was going to have atleast as a good a year as he did in 2012. Of course it was not just all Freeman.

    Now seeing how L&L are getting rid of 1/2 the team apparently it wasn’t all Schiano’s fault too.

  34. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Absolutely nothing to worry about with Freeman and the NYC nightlife.

    I look forward to the reports of him being late to meetings with his third straight team.

  35. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    One more thing, let me know if anyone can show proof beyond Freeman’s word that his suspension was for ADHD meds. Not that he would have any reason to lie or anything.

  36. maxdrums Says:

    he wont make meetings cos bars close at 6am in nyc, lateness wont even be an option. also nassib will be beat him out for the backup spot. never seen a qb look as deer-in-the-headlights like free last year, since david carr was qbacking the texans.

  37. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Wow, Bonzai bought the Freeman lie hook, line and sinker. The cat was out of the bag during the last year. Phil Simms was saying Freeman was partying too much years ago. And I hate to break it to you, Freeman was not the first in last out. The ” Franchise QB ” they tried to sell was no where close to that. He even got undeserved credit for the Off-season work out. I am just glad that some of the truth came out.

  38. mike n Says:

    I REMEMBER LAST YEAR GETTING BASHED BY EVERYONE FOR SAYING FREEMAN WASN’T WORTH AN EXTENTSION.
    gLAD TO SEE FRREMAN GOING TO PLAY FOR A MORE LAID BACK COACH… SHOULD BE NO ISSUES THERE.

  39. Buc1987 Says:

    “never seen a qb look as deer-in-the-headlights like free last yea”

    LOL you’re right. Especially in the Vikes game as well. His eyes were as big as saucers last season.

  40. Vincente Says:

    I don’t blame freeman for how terrible he did. Sure it’s 50% his fault but the scheme he played in in Tampa was horrible. I think that was done on purpose to get him out. And in Minnesota he had like a weeks practice and then game day that’s tough. I’ll never bash freeman I believe in him and I know he will do good. Still have his jersey and I’m never getting rid of it.

  41. Buc1987 Says:

    Vincente says:

    “I think that was done on purpose to get him out.”

    I pondered that thought myself once or twice early in the season. It was as if they called crap plays so he would not succeed and have to pay him that big money at the end of the year. Then I took a step back and saw how he was throwing he ball over WR’s heads and at their feet and realized NOPE that’s all on Josh not the play caller.

  42. William Says:

    All I know is Freeman helped get Lovie here. Laughing Sock II is over. For that, I’m thankful. I wish him & Schiano the best.

    …Connor Shaw is coming to Tampa.

  43. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Freeman said in 9/13 that his positive test came “well over a year ago”, meaning sometime before the 2012 season. Oddly, that was when his remarkable weight loss came about. I’m sure that’s just a total coincidence, though.

  44. Architek Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    April 16th, 2014 at 2:40 pm
    I remember the banner. You held on to supporting him till like week three if I remember right.

    I agree he sucked last year, starting with the communications issues in game one. I just do not think EVERYTHING was his fault.
    ———–
    Bonzai,
    No everything may not be his fault but he sure as hell is not the innocent party either.

    Being late to the hotel, late to meetings, communications, missing photos, and more does not help paint a picture of leadership. I’m sorry, the money he would have commanded as a starter would have been a waste if he would have been extended or paid to stay longer.

    Could the Bucs have put more of a veteran backup or QB around him to mentor him? Yes, absolutely. That’s why I like what Lovie building out of the infrastructure of the team, veterans that possess winning qualities and experience on the field (skins on the wall) to help these young guys that may not be as stable because of various reasons.

    Can’t look back now but finally we are doing things the right way.

    Freeman WAS drafted to lead and be a franchise type of QB so not always do franchise guys come into situations with vets in place. That’s where I blame the Bucs, they knew he wasn’t from a football background and his leadership was questionable in college. If I heard it then surely they did.

    Same as some of the QBs entering the league this year.

  45. Ernest T. Bass Says:

    Amen DI!! We are all passionate Bucs fans. Lets all do our best to hit 2M views come Draft Week!!

  46. Maze Says:

    Just threw two high quality Freeman jerseys in the trash last week I found hiding off in the corner of the closet.

  47. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Bonzai

    The medications involved are considered PEDs…..that’s why they are banned by the NFL without perscriptions….
    I’m not accusing Freeman of this…but many atheletes claim and seek diagnosis of ADHD in order to get the meds.
    Regardless…he admitted taking meds that weren’t specifically prescribed.
    Something went dreadfully wrong with Freeman and I believe it all started with the drafting of Glennon in round 3.
    Apparently, Josh felt threatened, afterall he was handed the starting QB job and was probably expecting an lucrative extended contract.

  48. WalkdaPlank Says:

    “If it was just Freeman, why did the fans want Schiano gone?”

    Because, everyone always looks for a scapegoat. Before, it was always Freeman’s fault the Bucs lost. Then, once he was ousted and the Bucs kept sucking, people turned on Schiano and realized he was a bigger problem. Both had to go IMO, but it was ALL handled unprofessionally.

  49. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    @architekt

    “they knew he wasn’t from a football background”

    Surprisingly, his dad was a really good D2 player who even played in the USFL. I just think he lacks the commitment and accuracy to be good.

    People keep mentioning ADHD meds. Name one person besides Freeman would said ADHD drugd. The facts are he failed a drug test. Nothing else is actually confirmed. Could be ANY drug.

  50. Buc1987 Says:

    “Something went dreadfully wrong with Freeman and I believe it all started with the drafting of Glennon in round 3.
    Apparently, Josh felt threatened, afterall he was handed the starting QB job and was probably expecting an lucrative extended contract.”

    TBBF…couple that with him just coming off franchise records and then the team wanting to wait to extend him. Maybe he just said screw Tampa Bay, I’ll play worse than I ever played before to get the hell out of here.

    There are many scenarios.

  51. DallasBuc Says:

    Good luck Freeman

  52. finishers Says:

    I burned my Freeman jersey in the fire pit a month ago! it melted just like he did!

  53. Mumbles Says:

    Good luck Josh,

    Just think 2010, you can do it again!

  54. Buc1987 Says:

    Sold mine on E-Bay for $10 1 week before he was benched. The writing was on the wall.

  55. Cmurda Says:

    Twenty bucks says Freeman isnt on the Giants roster come regular season game 1. Any takers?

  56. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ 87

    I don’t think things were deliberate on Freeman’s part (perhaps for the exception on leaking medical info)….I think he just melted down like a spoiled child.
    Other “Pros” when benched take it (at least publicly) in stride and support their replacement and team….and also do their best to regain the starting job.
    Freeman just exploded…..

  57. bucrightoff Says:

    Josh Freeman is a victim of the last CBA. Had he been drafted under the current one and not made a boatload of money up front, maybe things go differently. I think he never had the motivation to be great. And had Dominik giving him an extension last year this franchise would be irrevocably screwed right now.

    Josh will be a backup for a few years at least. I mean David Carr is still in the league last year so Josh should be able to stick for a while you’d think. But I seriously doubt he ever starts again. Lacks it between the ears.

  58. BoJim Says:

    Good luck Josh.

  59. OAR Says:

    Freeman’s lucky Eli had surgery. Otherwise, if they wanted a free agent QB, the Giants would not have waited til the better FA QBs were gone (signed elsewhere). They were left with slim bottom pickings from the FA list.

  60. tmaxcon Says:

    With all the after hours clubs and bottle clubs maybe Freeman will not be late maybe he will go straight from the clubs to work.

    Wish him well personally but New York of all places. If the clubs don’t kill him the media will.

    It’s been a banner offseason for exbucs… Freeman gets to go to the party capital of the world and Talib gets to go to a legal weed state.

  61. OAR Says:

    The deal included a new alarm clock (not to be mistaken for a new Bucs uniform) and a duffle bag full of Adderall.

  62. Doc Says:

    Good luck, Freeman,now you can play for a Superbowl coach. You do not have to become a scapegoat for a very bad coached team. Hope you sign with a team before Schiano.

  63. biff barker Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Regardless, I do not view anything he pulled as horrible in Tampa. He listened to bad advice from his agent. If anything he should fire that agent.
    ——————————————
    Oh Please! Bonsai’s claims of being a fiction writer are true. At least on this site.

  64. Ice31rf Says:

    Joe – I can tell you for a fact that one of the two former JF coaches that you keep assuming might give positive feedback on 5 definitely thought he was a no-good bum that should not have even started week one last year.

  65. Eric Says:

    Maybe Coughlin just wants the secret to the end of the game kneel down disruption play.

  66. AK Says:

    All you Freeman lovers conveniently forget how much he sucked in 2011, but that was because Schiano…oh, wait, Raheem was the coach. Must’ve been someone elses fault then! Nothing to see here, moving on.

  67. MadMax Says:

    @1987, boy were those some arguments back then. I was arguing against Freefree while watching his meltdown in 2012….one of a few here who was going there….and I was SO glad when you finally caught on too.

  68. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Joe wrote:

    There are a lots of intriguing connections here, but none take away from Freeman needing to resurrect himself from NFL train wreck status. Whatever happened to him in Minnesota last season made him an outcast in most NFL circles. He’ll need to earn his way back to relevance.
    ——————————————————————————-

    Exactly. Freeman was bad mouthed by the coach (and Glennon Mob), and I feel Schano was the true leaky one (leaking the drug testing). Freeman got a bad wrap in Minny because the head coach was shown-up by his GM, and forced to start Freeman when he wasn’t ready to play that game, and it was on a big stage being on mnf where everyone saw how bad he performed. L. Frazier is on record debunking the reports that he was constantly late (unprofessional, etc) in Minny.

    This is a good situation for Josh where the expectations are minimal, and a coach/coaches that wanted him. We all forget that Freeman came out as a junior, and had two coaches and what four oc’s in four years? The Buccs finally started spending in 2012 when the offense ranked in the top ten! From day one, Schiano wanted “an open competition” at qb. We never heard Freeman being late in Schiano’s first year, yet his work ethic questioned last year for him missing meetings, functions etc. I think Schiano had created an astmosphere where most players didn’t want to be there, and Joe has pointed that out quite nicely (toes on the line, ac control freak, etc. al).

    Even AFTER Freeman was released, the players still had to get Schiano to become more lax with things like reporting for meals every day, etc. Shows me that it was mainly Schiano’s fault, and hence he got the ax.

    Wish Freeman well (except vs. the Buccs of course)…

  69. Joe Says:

    Ice31rf:

    Are these coaches you speak of still employed?

  70. Joe Says:

    Eric:

    Maybe Coughlin just wants the secret to the end of the game kneel down disruption play.

    The Benn’ed Around.

  71. Chris Says:

    Joe ,

    Coughlin is placing his trust in freeman to what extent? He’s brought in to compete for a back qb roster spot. You make it seem like he’s the starter. Guarantee nassib beats him out.

  72. Couch Fan Says:

    Josh Freeman is a lousy QB. He has always been a lousy QB. He can’t do anything from Qrt. 1 through 3. He is inaccurate, a bad leader and a poor example of a franchise QB and a quitter. I would never want him back on this team and I would advise anyone who asked me about him the same. But other than that I like him and think he’ll last a long time in the league.

  73. stratobuc Says:

    He’ll never make it through a Camp Coughlin. Great sign, G-men! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. Buc1987 Says:

    Is robert6 coming back?

  75. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    robert6 is back!!! And then he is gone..then he is back..and then he is……

  76. Patrick Says:

    We would’ve really been up &*^$ creek if we had re-signed Freeman!

  77. Eric Says:

    “Other than that I like him”

    Hilarious couch fan.

  78. Ghost Says:

    Why would anyone invest that kind of cash on a QB taking all those pills.

  79. Ghost Says:

    Alcohol and pills bad combo when you have a “condition”

  80. Ice31rf Says:

    Joe wrote:

    Ice31rf:
    Are these coaches you speak of still employed?
    ————————-

    Absolutely, just a few states North of here and, of course, now with a different NFL team. I have actually heard a few interesting stories about last years mess. Ones I haven’t seen or heard sniffed by the local media. Oh, and you’d like him pretty well since he has your favorite gun slinger ranked second after the night from up eye four.

  81. BoJim Says:

    AK Said:

    “All you Freeman lovers conveniently forget how much he sucked in 2011, but that was because Schiano…oh, wait, Raheem was the coach. Must’ve been someone elses fault then! Nothing to see here, moving on.”

    Pfft. Not a Freeman lover or hater. Just wishing the kid good luck as some on here have a little more compassion.

  82. Ice31rf Says:

    Shouldn’t the fact that nearly 38 days into NFL free agency that only two teams invited in JF for a visit tell you all you need to know. The Bears are desperate for a backup QB and they let him leave. How many teams need a starter in this league and none of them even called? The people that make these personnel decisions know the problems. Remember, every coach in the NFL believes they can fix what other coaches couldn’t, but yet only two even wanted to kick the tires. So much for the Top FA as of 2013. NY is not the best place to rid his suspected demons.

  83. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    @Ice

    Way too much logic buddy. The Freeman lovers will make every excuse in the book for him. It’s never been his fault.

  84. Vincente Says:

    I’ll never make an excuse for Freeman. I just watch him on tape in 2010 and the guy was a monster. He would throw defensive lineman off of him and still get the ball down field. Yeah after that season he sucked bad. I guess his mind went wondering somewhere other than his football career but he has it. I know he is better than how he has played the last few years.

  85. pick6 Says:

    maybe if he revives his career some giants fan will actually want to purchase the signed football i now have the misfortune of owning. that’s about all the incentive i have to wish josh freeman well. whatever the reasons, josh freeman was all about himself in 2013 and he ruined reputations and careers (including his own) as a result

 
 

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