Almost seems like he was in a magic act. “Poof”, Josh Freeman is signed by the Miami Dolphins on April 2, 2015. Then, “Ala Peanut Butter Sandwiches” he’s cut on July 24, 2015. But then, on July 27th, “Abracadabra”, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and New York Giant is back.
So what’s going on? Why the Hocus Pocus? Well, it’s all about money. See, the Dolphins - had they not cut him - would have had a financial obligation to him. By cutting and resigning him, “presto chango” they no longer have an obligation.
If (and it’s a big If) Freeman remains with the Dolphins he is likely to hold the number 3 spot behind (need I really say it?) Ryan Tannehill who signed a long term contract earlier this year ( much to the dismay of some) that pretty much closed the discussion on whether he will be the Dolphins franchise QB. I’m OK with that because I am not a hater…at least not towards the Dolphins.
Tannehill has shown improvement over the last couple of years and though the Dolphins went 8-8 in 2014, he had his best numbers yet echoing the achievements of one Dan Marino. And then there’s Matt Moore who has already been paid a $1.6 million bonus and is a very solid backup. Following along in a fourth QB spot on the roster spot is McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
It will be very likely that although Freeman will compete for a spot on the roster in the upcoming preseason games, the odds are that the Dolphins will only have room for Tanehill and Moore which will mean that (can I come up with another magic incantation name?), “Walla, Walla Washington”, poof, Freeman will be gone. For his sake, let’s hope he catches the eye of another team.
This story was written by Peter Thorpe. Follow him on Twitter: @PeterThorpePM
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