Report: Free-agent QB Josh Freeman to work out with Jon Gruden

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Former first-rounder Josh Freeman is working to get back into the NFL. (USATSI)
Former first-rounder Josh Freeman is working to get back into the NFL. (USATSI)

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When the Buccaneers drafted Josh Freeman 17th overall in 2009, then-coach Raheem Morris compared the Kansas St. quarterback to Ben Roethlisberger. But after a strong sophomore season in which Freeman threw 25 touchdowns and six interceptions, his NFL career has been plagued my mediocrity.

Things came to a head last October, when the Bucs released Freeman. He then signed with the Vikings, had one forgettable start against the Giants, and spent the rest of the season on the sidelines.

This offseason, the Vikings let Freeman walk and the Giants signed him to a deal. That lasted a grand total of six weeks, and now Freeman is out of work. But he has a plan. Details via Gil Brandt, NFL.com analyst and former Cowboys vice president of player personnel:

While Gruden and Shea know something about what it takes to be an NFL quarterback, the question with Freeman was less about his physical skills and more about everything else.

In the days leading up to his release from Tampa, he had reportedly been fined twice by the team and the club was looking to suspend him. There were accusations by Freeman's agent that the Bucs leaked confidential information, and Freeman asked to be traded -- and the team was trying to oblige him -- before he was released.

But the problem then -- and now -- remains: What team would want Freeman given all the off-field baggage that follows him?

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