Sunday night the Minnesota Vikings made a move that left some people scratching their heads. The Vikings signed quarterback Josh Freeman to a 1-year, $3 million deal after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut him Thursday. This comes after the signing of Matt Cassel in the offseason and now Minnesota has three quarterbacks who have started for NFL teams and are possible contenders for the Vikings’ starting role.
I can think of one good reason for spending a large sum of money on a guy who the Bucs practically threw away. That reason is depth, and depth alone.
There is no other logical explanation for this deal in my opinion. I don’t understand this decision along with the one to start Christian Ponder this week against the Carolina Panthers. Matt Cassel lit the field up in his first performance of the regular season. The offense showed life and gelled together as a unit. Ponder, in my opinion, is still a good quarterback, however the offense looked dull with him at the helm. This alone is enough to start a quarterback controversy. Then the team goes out and gets another guy who has just a fair shot of starting as either Cassel or Ponder. What are they thinking?
Don’t get me wrong here, Freeman is a great pickup for a team needing a quarterback. I just don’t see the value of spending all that money on a guy that will not start. He will not start because the coaching staff is completely behind their guy Ponder, unless the team wants us to think all is well to help Ponder feel better about the situation.
Matt Cassel took the wind out of his sails. Ponder can either respond and top Cassel or fall apart and leave the starting position up for grabs.
It looks like the team went and bought a brand new 2013 Escalade when they only needed a 1999 Ford Focus. It doesn’t make sense to me at all.
Please give me your thoughts on this deal below.
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