Training camp is a little less than a week away, but a certain quarterback won't be suiting up to participate. The Miami Dolphins today released former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, leaving only three QBs on the roster, and saving the team $605,000 according to the OvertheCap.com calculator.
Freeman was signed on April 2nd this offseason, and put together mixed performances during his time in OTAs and Mini-Camp. Presumably, Freeman was brought in as Dennis Hickey was a member of the Buccaneers staff when he became the QB there, and Hickey wanted to give Freeman one last chance to revive his career.
It wasn't terribly long ago that Freeman was being called one of the NFL's rising stars, as he put together three very good seasons for the Buccaneers in the seasons of 2010-2012. But issues arose between Freeman and then head coach Greg Schiano, and Freeman was soon moved, and his play never recovered after the debacle that went down in Minnesota.
The Dolphins may have been Freeman's last chance to make a showing, and it seems that in the eyes of the Dolphins coaching staff, he couldn't beat out former undrafted free agent McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who is now the third QB on the team behind Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore.
Could Freeman be brought back as a camp arm should the need arise? It's a possibility. Brock Jensen was brought back numerous times last offseason to act as a camp arm, and it's possible Freeman could too. Only time will tell if the former Bucs QB will get another chance to audition for an NFL job.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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