[UPDATE by Ed Valentine, 04/11/14 12:18 PM EDT:]
Josh Freeman may not be the only vet QB the Giants workout in the near future. They have also reached out to free agent QB Matt Flynn.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) April 11, 2014
Just a week after hosting Rusty Smith, another free-agent quarterback will be making a trip to East Rutherford.
Source tells me Josh Freeman will work out next week for the Giants. Maybe as early as Tuesday. He recently visited the Bears.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) April 11, 2014
Freeman was initially drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Kansas State by the Buccaneers. In his first career start, Freeman threw for 205 yards and three touchdowns in a victory against the Green Bay Packers.
After his game against the Packers, the 6-6, 240-pound Missouri native was named Tampa Bay's starting quarterback. In 2010, Freeman threw for 3,451 yards with 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions. The Buccaneers finished 10-6, just barely missing the playoffs.
But in the ensuing two years, Freeman never experienced the same success. Despite throwing for 7,657 yards and 43 touchdowns, Freeman was intercepted 39 times in 31 games and Tampa Bay finished a combined 11-21. After butting heads with head coach Greg Schiano, Freeman was released on Oct. 3 of last year.
Freeman signed with the Vikings and started one game against the New York Giants. He completed 20-of-53 passes for 190 yards and an interception.
The interest in the 26-year-old comes less than 24 hours after news broke that Eli Manning had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. The procedure will keep the two-time Super Bowl MVP sidelined for six weeks.
If signed, Freeman will join Curtis Painter, Ryan Nassib and Manning as the Giants' quarterbacks. After visiting last week, Smith left without a contract.