Josh Freeman chooses Vikings

Josh Freeman chooses Vikings
October 6, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Josh Freeman, released by Tampa Bay Thursday, decided to sign with the Minnesota Vikings despite interest from the Oakland Raiders. (USATSI)

OAKLAND – The Minnesota Vikings won the Josh Freeman sweepstakes. The Raiders were interested in the mercurial quarterback, who was released Thursday following a public rift with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to Fox’s Jay Glazer, Raiders coach Dennis Allen spoke with Freeman on Friday and told him he’d have a chance to start over Terrelle Pryor. Money wasn’t a factor for Freeman, who wanted a chance to play above all else. The Buccaneers owed him $5.95 million in guaranteed money when he was released. He will make $3 million with Minnesota.

On Sunday, Freeman’s agent Erik Burkhardt, tweeted that Freeman was headed to the Vikings.

The Raiders were of interest to Freeman because of offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who taught him to thrive while running Tampa Bay’s offense from 2009-11.