Chicago Bears Workout Quarterback Josh Freeman
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Chicago Bears worked out free agent quarterback Josh Freeman today:
Interesting… the #Bears worked out QB Josh Freeman today. Have not signed him yet. I believe that’s his first workout of free agency
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 7, 2014
The Bears could be in the market for a backup quarterback. Their backup in 2013, Josh McCown, was signed away by the Tampa Buccaneers as a free agent after playing spectacularly in relief for starter Jay Cutler. Jordan Palmer is the only quarterback listed on the depth chart behind Cutler, but they are carrying a third quarterback, Jerrod Johnson, on the roster.
Freeman was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round (17th overall) of the 2009 NFL draft out of Kansas State University. He posted a number of franchise quarterback records with the Buccaneers, including highest quarterback rating (95.9/2010), most passing touchdowns in a season (27/2012) and most passing yards (4,065/2012). After starting starting the majority of his first three seasons, Freeman was benched in 2013 after struggling for the first three games. With a deepening rift with head coach Greg Schiano and reports that Freeman was missing meetings, including the team photo, Freeman was released in October. Three days later, the Minnesota Vikings signed him, and it proved to be a disastrous decision. Freeman only played in one game, passing 53 times and only completing 20 (37.7%) for 190 yards and one interception with a 40.6 passer rating.
For his career, Freeman has played in 61 games, passing 2,020 times, completing 1,164 of them for 13,724 yards, 80 touchdowns and 67 interceptions with a 77.8 passer rating.