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

Josh Freeman Signs with Minnesota Vikings

Well, that didn’t take very long.

Free agent quarterback Josh Freeman will sign with the Minnesota Vikings, according to ProFootballTalk.  Many teams were rumored to be interested in Freeman’s services, including the Oakland Raiders.

Freeman, who was cut loose by the Buccaneers last week, has yet to find a new home. Once thought 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.

Freeman has links to Oakland, 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.”

However, he will not be headed to Oakland, and any talk about Terrelle Pryor possibly losing his starting job is now a mute point.

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