The Miami Dolphins have signed Quarterback Josh Freeman to a one year contract. Freeman, who had a sensational start to his career, faltered in subsequent seasons, and was out of football in 2014. He will likely be a training camp body, as Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore are entrenched as the top two QBs on the team.
Freeman was drafted in the first round (14th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, and has ties to current Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey, who was the Buccaneers assistant GM at the time. Freeman had his best year in 2010, throwing for 3,451 yards, 25 touchdowns, and just 6 interceptions.
Things went south in a hurry after that, as he threw for only 16 TDs against 22 INTs in 2011. Head Coach Reheem Morris was fired after that season, and Greg Schiano was hired. Freeman bounced back in 2012, throwing for 27 TDs and 17 INTs, but he never got along well with Schiano, and he was benched after three games in 2013, then released. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings mid-season, made one horrendous start on Monday Night Football, and then finished that season as the third-string QB behind Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder. He was signed by the Giants in the 2014 offseason, but was cut before training camp.
Freeman now get s another chance with the Dolphins, although his long-term future is still up in the air, as the Dolphins only carried two QBs on the roster last season. Of note: although Freeman was drafted three years before Tannehill, he is a mere 6 months older. Freeman has a lot to prove before earning a permanent spot on the roster.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @ejfootball.
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