Josh Freeman is headed to Minnesota. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Free-agent quarterback Josh Freeman, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, is signing with the Minnesota Vikings.
Earlier on Thursday night, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that the Buffalo Bills were "intensifying" their pursuit of Freeman. The Oakland Raiders were also reportedly interested in acquiring Freeman.
It's unclear, immediately, where Freeman fits in Minnesota's offense. The team had a bye this week, but n last week's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, backup Matt Cassel filled in for starter Christian Ponder and threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has said that Freeman will not be the starter for next weeks game.
The Bills' pursuit came in light of rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel's injury in Thursday night's loss to the Cleveland Browns. He sprained his LCL, and Bills head coach Doug Marrone said that he expects Manuel to be out "a few weeks." Undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel replaced Manuel in Thursday night's game. He is currently the only healthy quarterback on the Bills' roster.
The Bucs' release of Freeman on Thursday came after the team tried for a week to trade him. The two parties seemed destined for a messy divorce this season. The NFL is planning to investigate the leak of Freeman's medical information and a report that he was a participant in the league’s drug program.
SI.com’s Jim Trotter reported that Freeman had been fined twice by the Bucs in the last month for conduct detrimental to the team. He was benched for the Bucs' loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week and forced to watch it in a suite at Raymond James Stadium.