Vikings gave former Bucs QB Josh Freeman a one-year deal worth about $3 million.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
Any time a big move like this is made in the division, the question for Lions fans is always the same: “What does this mean for us? For the division?”
At present, the answer is probably not much. He is unlikely to start anytime soon, much less next week. He’ll need time to learn the Vikings’ offensive system, and he’s not a clear upgrade over Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel, especially if he’s wearing the playbook on his forearm.
However, it’s entirely possible that by the next time the Lions see the Vikings — Week 17 in Minnesota — Freeman could have taken over the starter’s reigns. If that’s the case, and he’s effective, it could mean the Vikings are a dangerous team, possibly even a playoff contender.
Of course, that’s a long way off, and very hypothetical. Realistically, this is a situation worth monitoring, and not much more. Freeman wouldn’t have signed in Minnesota if he didn’t expect a shot to play, and the Vikings are unsettled at quarterback, to say the least. But there’s no guarantee he’ll be any good, and the Lions have 10 more games to play before this situation has a direct effect on them anyway (and maybe not even then).