The recent injury to starting quarterback EJ Manuel of the Buffalo Bills has led the team to dive back into the free agency waters in search of a veteran quarterback. Luckily for the Bills, they may have a decent catch with the recent release of Josh Freeman, the ex-quarterback who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Freeman and the Buccaneers organization parted ways in dramatic fashion, with both sides using aggressive tactics to oust the other. In the days prior to the release of Freeman, information of Freeman’s involvement in the NFL’s drug program surfaced, while rumors also came to light of Coach Greg Schiano’s increasing lack of control in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers locker room.
Freeman has had a history of inaccuracy and sporadic play, but this is going to be seen in all the viable free agent options the Buffalo Bills have in their search for a quarterback to fill the void left by Manuel.
Josh Freeman is only 25, a very young age for a quarterback in the NFL. Accuracy issues can easily be fixed with an emphasis on mechanics and footwork, especially with Freeman’s arm strength being a positive attribute of the young quarterback. Freeman also brings experience as a starter in the NFL. He would be a great fit for such a young organization; he would be given a clean slate and a solid foundation to build on, something he did not have in Tampa Bay.
The only options for the Buffalo Bills besides Freeman seem to be players the Buffalo Bills have already experimented with in the past, with the likes of Matt Lienart, Thaddeus Lewis, and Vince Young being in the mix. The issue with this free agent pool is that many of them, in particular Lienart, Young, and Lewis, lack the initiative to perform at even the most mediocre level. Vince Young has lost all confidence in himself, Thaddeus Lewis has no experience against NFL defenses, and Lienart…well he is a lost cause as he “Has nothing to lose.” according to BuffaloBills.com
Do you think the Buffalo Bills should pursue Freeman?