Will Josh Freeman take the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs?

Josh Freeman, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ franchise QB, chose the Vikings over other offers to fight to be a starting QB again.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise quarterback and 17th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft Josh Freeman signed a one year contract worth approximately $3 million dollar with the Minnesota Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported.

Freeman, who had a lot of off-the-field issues with his former head coach Greg Schiano, will get a fresh start with the Vikings to prove that his declined numbers in his last nine games under Schiano were not a result of character or talent issues.

The 25-year-old, who played his college football at Kansas State, hopes to continue where he left off three seasons ago, where he threw for 3,451 yards with 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions and a high 95.9 passer rating.

There is a good chance he will accomplish that with probably the best running back in football carrying the load. Normally teams put eight men in the box and focus on defending the run when last year’s rushing leader Adrian Peterson is in the back field. This could chance when Freeman is as accurate as he used to be in 2010.

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The team from North of USA has now three potential starters on their roster Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman. All of the them come with some upsides but probably no one is capable of winning the Super Bowl.

Freeman at least has the most upside of any. Comparing them with their highest season stats the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ QB beats the accurate Cassel and the run orientated Ponder and has furthermore a better deep ball then both.

Some experts thinks the 6 foot 6 inches, 248 pound QB from Tampa won’t play early on. That could be the case, but don’t be surprised if Freeman starts when Cassel struggles. The Vikings are a playoff contender with all the pieces in place. They won’t waste their chance to play late in December because of bad throwing decisions.

However Cassel played great last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium. If he continues to win games, Freeman has to wait.

Vikings coaching staff and general management are having the upper hand now. They have two QBs who are way better then Christian Ponder and have the luxury to wait who plays better and go with the hot hand. With adding Freeman to the roster the “organization clearly decided that Ponder wasn't the man to get it done.” He will quite likely stay on the bench for the rest of the season.

What is your opinion? Is Josh Freeman a great addition for the Vikings? Will he beat out Matt Cassel?

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