Ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Now, the Alouettes are placing their hopes on a quarterback who has been passed on by 32 teams already.
Josh Freeman, after a year since he had to leave minicamp for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders without a contract, finally got the opportunity to play professional football once again. He has been out since 2015 after he won a season finale with Indianapolis Colts.
According to Stakers.com, all in all the 6’6, 240 pound Josh Freeman played 61 NFL games, 59 of these games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he managed to set 106 records in 2010 only. He led the team to a major turnaround that year following a disappointing 313rd season of 2009. In 2010, he completed 291 of 474 passes for 3,451 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also added 374 rushing yards on 68 carries.
During that time, he set many franchise records with the Buccaneers including highest quarterback rating in a season (95.9 in 2010), highest completion percentage (62.8 in 2011), the most number of touchdowns and passes thrown in consecutive games (15 in 2010 and 2011), fewest interceptions in a season (6 in 2010) as well as most seasons and most consecutive seasons with more than 3,000 passing yards as published by Stakers.com.
During the draft, 32 teams passed on Freeman, but still here we are. Montreal is desperate for a fresh talent at the most important position in the team and Josh doesn’t have many options left to choose from. However, Freeman will have to learn a new game, with new field dimensions and new rules, not to mention new receivers and the new coaching staff. Thus, it’s a long shot that Josh Freeman works out and excels in the CFL, based on everything we know about why he didn’t succeed in the NFL so far.
So, why would the Montreal Alouettes really need him for? Is he more or less considered a boost based on his talent and initial promise? Is coming to Montreal the best thing for his professional career? This will become clear only after his training is over. The critics will claim that Josh Freeman was a total NFL failure who hasn’t thrown a pass in the earnest for two years. But the Alouettes have risked little by signing the former first-round draft choice, which might as well turn out to become the best decision club management has ever made, should he regain his form.