The news came Saturday that former Bucs #1 pick and one time possible future franchise QB Josh Freeman had retired from the CFL’s Montreal Alouttes after just one week of their training camp.
Actually, we’ve now learned that Montreal told Freeman they were releasing him, because they needed to give more reps to their top two QB’s and the now 30 year old Freeman, wasn’t in their plans anymore.
Thus, closing the latest chapter for Freeman’s hopes of continuing to be a pro quarterback and the pressing question is: was this truly, the “last chapter” and Freeman is done for good?
As we wrote earlier this year, when he signed in Montreal, it was believed that he would grab the starting job and it would lead to more doors openings to resurrect his career.
It all started off so promising, especially in his second year in Tampa Bay after having been drafted with the 17th overall pick out of Kansas State. He took over as the full time starter in 2010 and led the Bucs to a 10-6 record throwing 25 TD’s and only six interceptions that season. And, the Bucs just missed out on the playoffs in a three way tiebreaker.
It ended after two tumultuous years with Greg Schiano taking over a Bucs head coach in 2012 and doing everything he could to “grease the skids” on Freeman’s departure. That happened in 2013, when the Bucs owners, the Glazer famliy, allowed Schiano to not only bench Freeman for the week four game, but deactivate him. Then, they outright released the quarterback, who had started 56 out of 57 games over the previous five years.
Freeman went to the Vikings, where he started and played in only one more infamous Monday Night bad performance in 2013 and never saw the field again, that season.
He tried hooking on with the Giants, was briefly a QB for the Colts at the end of the 2015 regular season, but never stuck anywhere.
He couldn’t even get into an NFL training camp over the last two seasons, while under the age of 30.
And now, a former NFL head coach in Mike Sherman is the coach in Montreal. And, he and the GM Kavis Reed believe Josh Freeman’s inaccuracy, work ethic to get better etc. was so bad the last couple of months that that he gets released days into a training camp in favor of two guys that no one South of the Canadian border has heard of?
Does it get much lower, for now?
And it makes you wonder, for all of the obviously appealing size and arm, if Freeman’s out of chances.
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