Olson on Freeman: 'I think he's a great player'
Josh Freeman has 13,534 passing yards, 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions in his five-year NFL career. (AP IMAGES)
The Raiders are a frontrunner to sign quarterback Josh Freeman, according to reports. Freeman was released Thursday following a public rift with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is looking for a team where he could start posthaste.
The Raiders have reportedly given him that option. NFL.com reports that Freeman has talked to 10 teams and that the Raiders are the lead dog.
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Offensive coordinator Greg Olson helped Freeman thrive while leading the Buccanneers offense from 2009-11, making the Raiders an attractive option for a quarterback with 13,534 passing yards, 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions.
Fox’s Jay Glazer reported that Raiders coach Dennis Allen spoke to Freeman on Friday and that he would come in as the starting quarterback over Terrelle Pryor. Freeman told Glazer that he would make a decision after Sunday’s slate of games.
Freeman would have to sign cheap. The Raiders don't have much emergency cap room, but a chance to start may be worth more to Freeman. The Buccaneers owe him $5.95 million for the remainder of this season.
The Raiders also plan to work out veteran quarterback David Carr on Monday, which indicates that the team is looking to cut quarterback Matt Flynn. Flynn is a $6.5 million mistake demoted to third string last week and actions prove that Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie doesn't mind dead money to eliminate players of little use.