December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) runs with the ball as Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (58) defends during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Have 'Definite Interest' in Josh Freeman

The Oakland Raiders have already had one quarterback controversy this season with Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn. Could another one be brewing on the horizon?

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Raiders have a “definite interest” in signing recently released Buccaneers’ quarterback Josh Freeman.

Freeman, who was cut loose by the Buccaneers earlier this week, has yet to find a new home. Once though of as the franchise quarterback of the Buccaneers, Freeman was benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon after an 0-3 start to the season. Tampa Bay then tried to trade him, contacting every team in the NFL, but found no bidders.

So now he’s a free agent, and the Raiders are reportedly on his radar. He has links to Oakland as well, as current Raiders’ offensive coordinator Greg Olson held the same gig with the Buccaneers (2008-2011) during Freeman’s best years in Tampa. In 2011, Freeman completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 3,592 yards and 16 touchdowns. The previous year, Freeman led the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record, their first double-digit win season since 2005.

“You know, I’ve always been a fan of Josh’s,” Olson told ESPN. “I have a lot of respect for him, as a person and a player, and it’s unfortunate to me to watch what happened in Tampa … really over the last couple of years.”

Freeman apparently still holds Olson in high regard.

“Raider Nation is great,” he said in a text to 95.7 The Game. “I’ve worked with Greg Olson and he is a great coordinator.”

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