Josh Freeman, as a Tampa Bay Buc, competes against the Green Bay Packers in 2011. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Josh Freeman in the NFC North wouldn't be good





So the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided that enough is enough and they just simply can’t have Josh Freeman in their locker room any further.

After attempting to trade the disgruntled quarterback with absolutely no success, they severed ties by cutting him yesterday.  It will cost them as he is still set to receive his expensive salary at season’s end.  Though Freeman generated no buzz for a trade there still have to be teams interested in a veteran quarterback who at one time was a 2011 Pro Bowl alternate selection, right?

Look no further than the division rival Minnesota Vikings.

Regardless of the media mumbo-jumbo Leslie Frazier continuously spills out about Christian Ponder, the verdict is out on him. He can’t take that team to the next level. With Adrian Peterson bringing 8 and 9 man fronts to the line of scrimmage, teams are daring the Vikings to throw.

That, folks, should never be the case with Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson out wide. Maybe you point to Matt Cassel (sigh). If that is your rebuttal after his stint with Kansas City, then they are in real deep trouble.

Enter a rejuvenated and highly-motivated Josh Freeman. A veteran in the NFL whose teammates respect him for his leadership, toughness, and work ethic. I always thought Tampa Bay lacked enough talent around him to keep pressure off him. Well give him Adrian Peterson, a very capable offensive line, a young stud in Kyle Rudolph and a very good receiving duo in Jennings and Simpson and you might have a recipe for success.

What does that mean for our Green Bay Packers?

Any kind of divisional foe gaining any ground on your ball club is never good for business. Freeman would be an instant upgrade, giving a 2012 playoff opponent more ammo to only get back into the thick of things in the NFC.

Freeman may not be an elite quarterback such as Aaron Rodgers. He may not have glimpses of being great like Cutler or Stafford, but he would have Adrian Peterson and that may be enough to turn the tables on Green Bay being the favorite to win the North.

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  • Daniel Laxen

    Ok, Freeman was completing passes at an under 50% rate. The jury is not out on Ponder. He is a bust, period! What you are missing here is this. Sure Cassel has been bad the last 2 seasons, but so was Alex Smith for 5 years. Smith always got the pass because the 49ers changed offensive coordinators as often as a hooker changes sex partners.

    Take a look at what happened in KC. It was a who’s who of bad head coaches, and at OC, with the exception of Charlie Weis. Take a look when he could actually work within the confines of a system that works. 11-5 as a starter with the Patriots and 10-6 with Charlie calling plays at KC. Then look at who was calling plays before, and after, Charlie Weis left. Chan Gailey was relieved of his play calling after starting 0-4. Replaced by Todd Haley. Yes, the same guy that has the Steelers playing lights out, or is that with the lights out? After Weis, the Chiefs brought in Bill Muir, WHO?…Exactly! When Todd Haley was dumped the Chiefs made Romeo Crennel their head guy. He got the job because he beat the Packers.You recall Romeo from his wildly impressive run as the head coach in Cleveland. When asked in week eight last season why Jammal Charles only ran the ball 5 times in a loss to Oakland. he responded with, “I’ll have to check, I don’t know.”

    I’ll tell you what. Right know the Packers aren’t the team to beat in the NFC North. You play them this week. the Bears know, the Packers will too after Sunday!

    • Wayne Davis

      I believe ponder should be done an I’d talk the rejuvenated freeman(who has also head a few coaching changes while there in TB) over ponder … More upside stronger arm an still young

    • Daniel Laxen

      Now that Calvin Johnson has been declared a NON starter today the Packers have an edge…