Former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman attends mini-camp with Stamps

Former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman attended the Calgary Stampeders mini-camp from April 29 to May 1, per sources.

Freeman has been on Calgary’s exclusive negotiation list since September 2015, which means he can attend mini-camp without a contract, abiding by CFL rules. The 29-year-old did not show well enough to earn a deal and won’t be at the Stamps main training camp. He’ll be dropped off the neg list too.

The Kansas State product was a first-round pick, 17th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. He started 61 games over seven seasons with three different teams, compiling 81 touchdowns, 68 interceptions, 13,873 yards  and a 77.6 quarterback rating. His last start came in January 2016 with the Indianapolis Colts and he was out of pro football last season.

The Stampeders held a three-day mini-camp in Florida that featured mostly first-year players and wrapped up Monday. They currently have four quarterbacks on the roster, led by Bo Levi Mitchell who was the league’s Most Outstanding Player last season. Mitchell Gale, Canadian Andrew Buckley and Nick Arbuckle are on the Stamps depth chart after Calgary traded long-time back up Drew Tate to Ottawa in February.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.

39 Comments on Former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman attends mini-camp with Stamps

  1. Solara2000 // May 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm //

    Assuming Freeman was in shape and not plagued by some form of injury, I guess the lesson is 2-fold:
    1. 1st Round NFL Draft speaks to a high probability for an NFL career, not a guarantee.
    2. The 2 games (CFL & NFL) are different and nowhere is that difference more evident than at the QB position.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 2, 2017 at 3:53 pm //

      The list of former 1st round NFL QBs that are busts is immense.

      • solara2000 // May 2, 2017 at 7:05 pm //

        Yes a # of busts but also 8 Super Bowl Rings from 2004-1016 and way more career starts than the ‘flame-outs’.
        Interesting summary of the 42 First Round QB picks from 2004 to 2016.
        source: newsday/com/sports/football/nfldraft

  2. mrnehnehincognito // May 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm //

    What?! What a crazy story. Why is this news worthy? Why does Justin Dunk pick on the Stampeders so much? He’s a stamp hater!!! This is a fake news story! There’s no proof he attended stamps minicamp!
    LOL Sound familiar?

    FYI to all my fellow CFL fans
    1 MONTH TODAY..The Calgary Stampeders host the BC Lions at historic McMahon Stadium. It may only be preseason but it is CFL football.

    • Seriously? Dunk picks on the Stamps. You’re daft.

      • dangnabbit // May 4, 2017 at 1:35 am //

        Um… you might wanna see if you can get your brain started one of these days. There’s a certain green team whose fans seize upon any negative coverage as evidence of bias against their team; stampland was mocking them. I would never have accused him of subtlety but apparently it was subtle enough for you to miss… wonders will never cease.

  3. Is interesting, but how do I interpret “per sources”? Did he attend the three day camp or not? Does no one really know?

  4. It’s against league rules in 2017 to have signed players and unsigned players on the field for mini-camp. If any signed player practiced with an unsigned/neg list player… Calgary could be in some trouble.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 2, 2017 at 4:08 pm //

      Can Dunk or someone verify A fan claim5?

    • Stampeders mini-camps are all FA camps…no signed players in attendance. Other teams treat this like a mini-training camp, Stamps use it for talent scouting.

  5. Scottsask // May 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm //

    Fine Huff, he’s clearly a cheater. Wink

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm //

      Rest assured scottsask, Huff like anyone else will be fined if he cheated and rightfully so.

  6. mrnehnehincognito // May 2, 2017 at 5:16 pm //

    Did Jones try to sign him? We should look into that lol

  7. Jones should be in on this. Josh is bigger 6’6″ 240, has much better stats & is 5 years younger. If soon to be 37 year old Vick, a relative string bean at 6′ 210 doesn’t require a workout, Josh should be automatic for Rider camp. No stone unturned, Chris – don’t mess this up.

  8. Correction – Josh age & size & stats are in comparison to the already signed Young.

  9. Scottsask // May 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm //

    He’s already in Regina.

  10. how tunes change when is trash about the Stumps and not the Riders

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 2, 2017 at 8:06 pm //

      how has the tune changed? changed about what?

    • George Porge // May 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm //

      One team followed the rules. The other team didn’t. Funny how that makes “tunes change”.

  11. mrnehnehincognito

    It would be news worthy if it was the Riders though???????????

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 2, 2017 at 8:08 pm //

      John if you are referring to my first comment above I was being sarcastic! It is news worthy whether it was stamps or riders

  12. mrnehnehincognito // May 2, 2017 at 8:34 pm //

    Ok ok I see how Rider Fans are trying to spin this and it’s quit predicable. Allow me debunk it
    1) Josh Freeman isn’t Vince Young in terms of the name and celebrity appeal
    2) John Huffnagel didn’t make a big deal over the negotiation and didn’t fly to the ends of the world to meet this guy
    3)Stamps didn’t bring him to Calgary ,parade him through the airport and throw a big press conference.
    In summary
    This is the first anyone has ever heard of Freeman being stamps property . Unlike the riders the stamps didn’t try to create a circus out of it.

    • WilsonR // May 3, 2017 at 4:29 pm //

      You forgot:

      4) The Roughriders lead the league in attendance (again).
      5) The Roughriders lead the league in sales (again).

      Few care that you like to antagonize the Roughriders (often for good reason), but it’s strange to mock an effective marketing plan when the greatest organization in the CFL, located in the richest city, can’t earn a couple of dimes to rub together. Even your comments here fall largely on deaf (or uncaring) ears. Find a friend and go have a beer together. I bet you’d talk about the Riders before the Stamps.

      • Everyone loves to talk about the Riders….it’s so hard being Canada’s team

  13. Scottsask // May 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm //

    Well, until the Riders start winning the circus is entertaining is it not?

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 2, 2017 at 9:08 pm //

      I will agree very entertaining. Yet sad. Riders fans and the league deserve better

      • George Porge // May 3, 2017 at 1:55 pm //

        Sometimes the only use for a circus monkey is to whip him for entertainment.

  14. Scottsask // May 2, 2017 at 10:13 pm //

    We don’t need your pity, we are getting better. It’s a process and it will simply take time. Until then we’ve got the entire leagues attention do we not? Every fan from coast to coast follows every story that comes out of here and can’t get enough. It’s just sad that the rest of the league can’t seem to generate any headlines, that being said it’s only May and the circus train hasn’t even pulled into town yet. It’s only gonna get better. Can’t wait til June!

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 3, 2017 at 9:46 am //

      At least we can now say training camp opens this month!
      Stampeders are throwing their ladies only seminar tonight and last night.
      Fan fest is next Saturday.
      It’s all getting close!!!

  15. Scottsask // May 3, 2017 at 1:22 am //

    Oh man my typing skills are on point tonight. If you want to worry about any team in this league it should be Toronto, they may not exist beyond 2018. As for Riderville let’s just give it another year to play out. Either way it will be must see.

  16. Southwest cowboy // May 3, 2017 at 1:25 am //

    Good for you mrnehnehincognito, I totally agree with you about parading Vince Young through the airport.
    Call me a life-long Rider fan and the rest of my life a Chris Jones basher.

  17. The reason the Riders got the entire league’s attention has more to do with Jones than with our team. Let’s not kid ourselves. Ever since a week before the 2015 GC when he was lured from the Esks it’s been 1 Jones headline after another. In his 2 year stay in Edmonton there was more talk in the CFL about Jones than the last place Riders. Durant was a story for awhile but that was as much about Jones. Is anyone talking about the Rider FA’s signed? Derek Dennis keeps trying to get some action on social media which gets reaction from players but for fans it’s all about Jones. The Riders themselves aren’t talked about much. If we finish last again it won’t be about the players or asst coaches, it will be ALL ABOUT JONES. Most non-Rider fans could care less about the team. They want Jones to fall on his face. People love a good villain.

  18. Scottsask // May 3, 2017 at 12:57 pm //

    And he loooooves to play the role. No sane person is denying that this team needs to show major improvement this season. At least there is a base to build from this year, there are still question marks no doubt but they will be better.

  19. Scottsask // May 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm //

    Nobody has put more heat on Chris Jones than Chris Jones.

  20. Scottsask // May 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm //

    The base is made up of the returning players that have a year under their belts in the CFL and the rest are the veterans that have a full season under the regime. Don’t pretend to be obtuse. It’s unbecoming.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 3, 2017 at 5:15 pm //

      seems to me he’s replaced an awful lot from last year. Weak Canadian base. I honestly don’t see alot

    • Thanks to last season’s gutting of the Riders by Jones, the Riders are still basically a second year expansion team that never got the benefit of an expansion draft

  21. Again – continuity. With Best gone, there will be @ least 2 new starters on OL. There will be a new QB, RB, 2 receivers (Carter, Grant). On defence there are 2 new DT’s, 2 LB’s (replacing Foster & Knox) & 2 new DB’s (Brouillette & Cox replacement). That’s 12 new guys, minimum on your starting 24. What did Durant say – lack of continuity. This isn’t adding on to a base. This is another REBUILD. You have replacements replacing the replacements from last year. We are starting over.

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