Quarterback Josh Freeman (USA Today Sports)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman to a contract, according to his agent, Erik Burkhardt.
Freeman was expected to make a decision on his landing spot Sunday, and Burkhardt broke the news on Twitter, saying simply, "Vikings!!!"
The 2009 first-round draft pick's often-turbulent four-year tenure with Tampa Bay ended abruptly on Thursday, with the team releasing the Kansas State product after he completed just 45.7 percent of his throws with two touchdowns and three interceptions as the Buccaneers dropped their first three games of the season.
Freeman's release came one day after Sports Illustrated reported that he had been fined twice by the Buccaneers in the past month for conduct detrimental to the team. One was for an unauthorized interview with ESPN and the other for skipping at least one team meeting.
The 25-year-old signal-caller compiled a 24-35 record over his four-plus seasons as Tampa Bay's starter, throwing for 13,534 yards and 80 touchdowns with 66 interceptions since being drafted 17th overall back in 2009.
Minnesota starting quarterback Christian Ponder missed the team's 34-27 Week 4 win over Pittsburgh with a rib injury, leaving the door open for Freeman to battle with backup Matt Cassel for a potential starting role in the future.
Both the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills were believed to be in the market for a quarterback after both teams' starters suffered serious injuries in their Thursday night game.
The Bills are reportedly interested in Pat White, a former second round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins who has been out of the league for two years before briefly making the Washington Redskins' roster this season. Starter E.J. Manuel sprained his LCL Thursday night in Cleveland.
The Browns have yet to name a starting quarterback since Brian Hoyer tore his ACL Thursday. Previous starter Brandon Weeden and veteran Jason Campbell remain in consideration as the team weighs its options.
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