Less than a week after releasing him, the
Freeman is competing for a backup role on the team. He is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers.
Freeman spent last season out of football after a poor year in Minnesota, which followed his inconsistencies with Tampa Bay.
Freeman, a former first-round selection, was benched by the Bucs in 2013 and traded to the Vikings. The 27-year-old played one game for the Vikings and failed to latch onto another team in 2014.
"I learned a lot," Freeman said. "I mean, how much time do you have? The NFL is constantly shifting with players, coaches, organizations. There's a lot that goes into the product you guys see on Sundays. I've spent time watching quarterbacks, watching the process, trying to formulate a plan that will allow me to be as good as possible.
"I learned that regardless of how things end up and turn out, if I give it everything I got, there are no questions, no doubts in my mind. It's not an uncommon thing for guys to get cut and be out of the league. But it's not how I see myself. It's not how I see myself in the future."
Freeman was drafted with the 17th overall pick in 2009 by the Buccaneers. Once a promising young quarterback, Freeman's career fell off after throwing a combined 39 interceptions in 2011 and 2012.
Freeman was benched by the Bucs in 2013 and traded to the Vikings. He played one game for the Vikings, going 20-53 for 190 yards and an interception in a 23-7 loss to the Giants. That's the last time he's played in an NFL game.
Freeman did not play during the 2014 season.
Former NFL quarterback
The Jets currently have Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and Matt Simms at quarterback.
|2009||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||9||290||158||54.5||1855||6.40||42||10||18||20/102||25||2||59.8|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||474||291||61.4||3451||7.28||64||25||6||28/195||48||10||95.9|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||15||551||346||62.8||3592||6.52||65||16||22||29/164||33||5||74.6|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||558||306||54.8||4065||7.28||95||27||17||26/161||55||16||81.6|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||3||94||43||45.7||571||6.07||39||2||3||7/47||11||0||59.3|
|2009||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||9||30||161||5.4||20||0||1||11|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||68||364||5.4||33||0||2||29|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||15||55||238||4.3||25||4||1||25|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||39||139||3.6||13||0||0||16|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||3||5||20||4.0||13||0||0||1|
|2009||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||9||0||1||---||1||0||0||0||0|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||15||0||-4||---||-4||0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||3||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2009||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2009||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||10||2||0||6||0||0||6||0|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||8||3||0||5||0||0||5||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||9||5||0||2||0||-4||2||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||10||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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