Josh Freeman’s Careeer Marches On

December 30th, 2015
Employed again

Employed again

Joe must congratulate leaky, sleepy Josh Freeman for being one driven guy.

The 27-year-old former Bucs franchise quarterback earned about $40 million in his career. There’s no evidence he blew his money, and yet Freeman keeps scratching and clawing his way to return to league that has rejected him for two years.

This fall, Freeman played for the Brooklyn Bolts, part of some underfunded start-up, three-team league.

Yesterday, Freeman was signed by the Colts, which are mathematically (barely) alive for a playoff spot and have burned through loads of QBs this season. Freeman might actually start Sunday when Indianapolis hosts the garbage Titans.

That means the Colts now have three healthy quarterbacks on their roster — Freeman, Lindley and Stephen Morris, signed last week off the Eagles’  practice squad — and two more who are nursing injuries. Luck  still is not cleared to return after lacerating his kidney in early November; Matt Hasselbeck, who suffered a Grade 1 shoulder separation (the least serious such injury) in Sunday’s win in Miami, is doubtful to return this week.

In all likelihood, the decision of whom to start at quarterback Sunday will come down to either Morris, Freeman or Lindley, three players who haven’t even spent a full week with the Colts.

First, how sad would it be if Freeman can’t win the job from Ryan Lindley or Stephen Morris. But conversely, how stunning would it be for Freeman to step in and win a game as a starter. As wacky as would be, it likely would transform Freeman into an attractive backup QB candidate, or a guy competing for a starting gig somewhere next season.

Joe hopes a bizarre and unlikely Freeman revival doesn’t somehow wipe out a potential trade partner for Mike Glennon this offseason.

29 Responses to “Josh Freeman’s Careeer Marches On”

  1. Walter Says:

    Might be an unpopular position, but I just can’t bring myself to wish him ill. I hope he wins the start, it’d be great to see 2010 Freeman again

  2. Tampa Tony Says:

    He’s a Dumbinik draft pick so I thought the Joes would be pumping him up as the greatest thing ever. Sometimes the Joes surprise me

  3. I know why Says:

    Drugs ruined him here, he had two great seasons out of four but his off the field was too much for the Bucs and the Vikings. I’m sure coach Frazier has an opinion too. Maybe he’s gotten help, he had so much talent. Remember, he is still the Bucs all time leader in passing touchdowns. That’s not a bust just a shame how it crushed our franchise.

  4. The Buc Realist Says:

    He is a liar!!! If makes it on the field, falls down, pulls muscles, poops his pants, gets carted off, while the crowd yells loser and liar!!!! It still will not be enough for the damage he alone tried to cause and the lies he told!!!

  5. Luther Says:

    Any results from the investigation of the leak? I’m still waiting on the results.

  6. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    I’m just glad the Bucs didn’t resign him to a franchise friendly extension. Might have kept us from winning the race for Jameis. Right, Joe?

  7. NJBucsFan Says:

    good luck Josh

  8. tdtb2015 Says:

    Mental issues with QB and Head Coach spells Den of Depression.

    I’m glad that was over. I take the last 2 years over that plane crash.

  9. The Buc Realist Says:

    And to think, that Coach Schiano wanted to bring in Free agent Carson Palmer for 2013!!! That silly college coach huh!!!!!!

  10. St.pete 77 Says:

    Why are we still talking about Josh Freeman?

  11. bucrightoff Says:

    Obligatory “Where is the NFLPA investigation?”

  12. Ray Rice Says:

    I bet anyone $7 he skips at least 3 passes to WR’s Sunday if he plays.

  13. D-Rome Says:

    And to think, that Coach Schiano wanted to bring in Free agent Carson Palmer for 2013!!! That silly college coach huh!!!!!!

    Carson Palmer was an injury plagued QB at that point. Also at the time the Buccaneers had a terrible offensive line that was being overpaid. That said, I agree with your general sentiment. He saw something in Palmer and he was certainly ahead of the curve with Josh Freeman despite his very good season.

  14. ndog Says:

    Man Realist you sure love you some Schiano don’t ya? I did not hate him like most, but you have to admit there is something wrong with him since he couldn’t even get a college head coaching job. He is a d coordinator at Ohio state now, give it up bro and embrace your boy Lovie!

  15. Patrick in VA Says:

    Good to see that the kid is still working toward doing something with himself. For as mentally weak as he appeared to be while he was here going through his issues, it seems like he’s showing a good deal of fortitude by pressing on and swallowing his pride to go to the NFL D League in order to find his way back in, which he did. Good for him.

    That doesn’t mean that if he does make his way back in on a full time basis that I won’t adamantly cheer for him to get picked off 5 times and sacked 12 times by the Bucs when he plays them.

  16. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Ray Rice – Shouldn’t you be betting $555.55? Since it’s all about #5

  17. Ray Rice Says:


    LMFAO! Well played sir. Add some more 5’s and then we will have Airforce Jacksons contract.

  18. Curse of Gruden Says:

    JF heard the Mons was expanding to Indy.

  19. CalBucsFan Says:

    That young man’s problems never started with his talent. Only he and the good Lord know what went wrong, but when he was “all-in” he was a very capable NFL starting QB.

    I hope he gets the opportunity Sunday and shows he still has it. Good luck Josh, wishing you well.

    And let everyone of us who have been knocked down in life never forget what it was like to be at the bottom, how hard it was to climb back up, and how much better we’ve become because of it.

    Happy New Year to all you Buccaneer fans out there. I sure wish there were more of you out here in SoCal, it’s a damn shame there isn’t even enough to find a Bucs fan club to watch games with. Maybe with JW on board, that will change!

  20. Spacebuc Says:

    Definitely rooting for the kid.
    He got shafted by Schiano, and his own demons.
    Shame on the petty posters wishing him ill-will.
    He was the best thing going for the Bucs till he wacked out.
    Good Luck Josh. Tear it up!

  21. bucrightoff Says:

    Why do people wish Freeman well? If he had his way we would have lost multiple draft picks because he was a mental midget. The dude is a total loser who wishes nothing but the worst for this franchise. And stop blaming Schiano for “ruining him”, Greg wasn’t at the club forcing him to hit the slopes.

  22. Buccfan37 Says:

    I thought the drafting of Freeman by the Bucs was yet another WTF happening. He keeps trying football because where else can he make that easy money. With the Bucs overall dismal record these past players just become a blur with few exceptions.

  23. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Only way Josh wins Sunday is if he were going up against the Bucs pass defense.

  24. MTM Says:

    Talk about a desperation move for the Colts. Freeman will fail miserably if he even plays. If Freeman could play he would be on somebody’s roster period. The league is just incredibly desperate for quarterbacks at this time. No ill will towards Freeman just the facts…

  25. Mike Johnson Says:

    Nobody has really told the true story of Josh Freeman’s Demise in TB. O mean the guy was playing very well for a while. What Happenned? Many say it was drugs. Was he hooked on the hard stuff or something? I never ever heard the real story. Is there one? He’s still trying. Who knows? Maybe he will get yet another shot at coming back. Is he drug free?

  26. buccfan305 Says:

    Funny how Chip Kelly gets fired on the same day Josh Freeman got hired…..what a Co-winky-dink…lol …thank God he never came to Tampa. ..hahahaha

  27. JMN Says:

    Yeah will never wish the guy well cause he helped pile drive my beloved Bucs into the ground.

  28. DoNUTS Says:

    The line is even @ Pinnacle- unbelievable considering the importance of the QB position and current state of Indy. All the Freeman lovers get your wallets out… jokin.

    TEN is really that bad..

  29. finishers Says:

    I wish him well,I was hoping for him to be our franchise quarterback. but something went terribly wrong! he had some great games the year we 10games.