Josh Freeman ready for fresh start after 'pretty crazy past few weeks'
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.-- After a very public feud led to his ouster in Tampa Bay, new Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman is moving on.
He left out the bitterness when talking with reporters on a conference call Tuesday night.
Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano benched Freeman after an 0-3 start to the season. Then the spat just kept getting uglier.
But Freeman didn't get into any of that, perhaps a sign that he's ready for a fresh start in a new environment. While this is not quite the typical, clichéd player who requires a change-of-scenery, he hinted the presence of Adrian Peterson in a talented offense was a luring factor.
"From the standpoint of a career move, thing I like about the Vikings is they've got a guy where I can come in and learn the system, whether they call for me and need me to play," Freeman said. "It's an opportunity to pump the brakes. It's been a pretty crazy past few weeks."
The rift, which became public, became unworkable in the past few weeks. Freeman taped an interview saying he'd like to be traded. Tampa reportedly tried to shop him to the 31 other NFL teams, with no takers. So the team released him Friday, and the Vikings agreed to a deal with the free agent Sunday night.
Freeman had the chance to take another shot at his former team and coach Monday in the conference call, but it clearly wouldn't have been productive to do so. And it appears both sides can now move on, independent of each other.
"Obviously [Schiano] didn't feel I was the guy he wanted leading his team, the caliber quarterback he wanted," Freeman said. "I had a lot of great memories here, a lot of good times with those guys."
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Monday that the team did plenty of digging into the red flags that checker Freeman's resume. The team felt confident they could take on Freeman after doing the checking, and did not pass up an opportunity to improve at the most important position on the field.
The Vikings are expected to make a roster move Tuesday.