Free agent quarterback Josh Freeman appears to be getting close to finding a new home. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Freeman and the New York Giants are close to finalizing a deal with the quarterback. According to Caplan, the deal should be completed within the next day or so.
Freeman, who was a first round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009 had a great start to his NFL career. In just his second season, he threw twenty-five touchdown passes with only six interceptions; giving him the title as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. Since then, Freeman’s career has taken a drastic turn. After being released by Tampa Bay, Freeman signed with the Minnesota Vikings, playing in just one game.
Last week, Giants quarterback Eli Manning underwent ankle surgery to repair an injury that he suffered in the 2013 season finale. Despite the surgery, there are no real concerns that he wont be ready for training camp and the regular season. Even though he should be ready for the season, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reported that there are concerns about Manning’s future in New York. Graziano reports that the questions of whether or not Manning’s decline can’t be turned around is one “that has not gone unasked.”
Despite the reports, Manning is currently the starting quarterback of the New York Giants, and that will likely not change this season. With Freeman expected to sign, he will compete with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib for the second spot on the depth chart. As long as Manning can remain healthy this season, Freeman won’t see the field.