Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) reacts during the fourth quarter of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Buccaneers 23-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

What Josh Freeman to Vikings Means for the Detroit Lions


Per multiple sources, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round quarterback Josh Freeman has agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

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).

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  • Chase

    Josh Freeman is solid under the right conditions. As a Saints fan, I’ve watched him play at least two games a season since he has been Tampa’s QB. With solid coaching and AP keeping the offense balanced, the Vikings could become very scary towards mid season. As far as the Lions are concerned, the NFC North is their division to lose. Looking at their schedule compared to the rest of the division, it should be very feasible for them to take.