Former first-round draft pick Josh Freeman has a new gig. But it’s not going to be in the NFL. Instead, the 30-year-old is going to the Canadian Football League. Reportedly, the Montreal Alouettes are bringing him in on a two-year deal.
Freeman is a very interesting case. He would find success early on in his career before flaming out pretty quickly. Drafted 17th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the signal-caller would debut the very same year. However, his 10 appearances were less than stellar, as Freeman would complete just 54.5 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
But the very next season, he stepped up his game in grand fashion. Freeman completed 61.4 percent of his passes, tossing 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions along the way. The Buccaneers went 10-6, just missing out on the postseason. That said, their future at quarterback appeared to be set. Not so. Instead, Freeman would go into a tailspin that would last for the rest of his NFL career.
From 2011-2015, Freeman appeared in 36 games, completing just 56.9 percent of his passes while tossing 46 touchdowns to 44 interceptions. That’s an interception rate of 3.4 percent. He didn’t even play in 2014. And his last 4-5 starts were contests in which he was so unprepared for.
Here’s to hoping he gets his fresh start in the Canadian Football League. In the meantime, he can say ‘Hi’ to Johnny Manziel.