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.