Two short years ago Josh Freeman was a rising star behind center with a howitzer for a right arm; now he’s in desperate straits trying to land a professional job. What exactly went wrong is unclear, but mental fragility and off the field issues spearhead the list of concerns. Freeman’s decision making all but disappeared in Tampa Bay before struggling to grasp the playbook in Minnesota. He completed just 43% of his passes last season, including several interceptions of the frightening variety.
Nevertheless, according to Bleacher Report NFL columnist Mike Freeman, the Giants will give the 26-year old signal caller an audition next week, “as early as Tuesday”. Freeman met with the Bears on April 7th, and the Raiders expressed interest prior to bringing aboard Matt Schaub.
While Eli Manning‘s surgery was more of a “clean out” than serious procedure, the team would feel more comfortable with an added body at the position. Projected second year backup Ryan Nassib looked skittish in his limited preseason opportunities in 2013, completing 7 of 19 throws and taking five sacks. He’s yet to attempt a pass during a regular season contest. In a perfect world, veteran Curtis Painter would not crack the 53-man roster.
Source tells me Josh Freeman will work out next week for the Giants. Maybe as early as Tuesday. He recently visited the Bears.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) April 11, 2014