Redblacks stick it to Als by adding QB Josh Freeman to negotiation list

The Ottawa Redblacks have added former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman to their negotiation list on Saturday, June 17, per sources.

That comes after the 29-year-old was worked out by the Montreal Alouettes on Tuesday and spotted at the Alouettes final pre-season game on Thursday night. The move is a clear attempt by the Redblacks to keep Freeman from signing in Montreal. All’s fair in love, war, and the neg list.

Freeman’s first foray into Canadian football was attending Calgary Stampeders mini-camp from April 29 to May 1, but he was not offered a contract by the Stamps.

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 completely last season.

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14 Comments on Redblacks stick it to Als by adding QB Josh Freeman to negotiation list

  1. well,this should heat up the rivalry between these 2 teams.

  2. Looks like Kavis got stung. How could it happen?

    • Obviously Kavis is not too bright – why would you bring the guy in and work him out if he was not already on your negotiation list – you put him on the list if he has any interest, work him out and then either drop him or leave him there depending upon the level of interest from both sides. Kavis needs to find another line of work. He was not really even qualified to be a defensive coordinator let alone a GM – he is in way over his head.

  3. Marty-Moose // June 17, 2017 at 8:06 pm //

    Freeman- you gotta be kidding. Honestly don’t think he will take a snap in a CFL game. …but good look to him. For his sake, I hope he has turned things around and can find employment in pro football.

  4. Ron Bates // June 17, 2017 at 9:12 pm //

    He deliberately looked the other way/couldn’t speak French/or in this peculiar year of Als slipups 12,500 ex attendance and other matters dysfunctional looks have it happened/he was with Montreal for several days and word was he would sign/well Kavis???

  5. Dennis Prouse // June 17, 2017 at 10:09 pm //

    The Als could have hired Brock Sunderland, but instead hire Kavis Reed. When you make boneheaded moves like that, you get what you deserve…

    • Paul Bomber // June 19, 2017 at 11:21 am //

      for the good of the league, my dear Als fans, you must toss Kavis out onto the street ASAP. Say what you will about Jim Popp (and I’ve said plenty I must admit), but when he stayed off the sidelines, he knew how to run a team. Kavis is in so far over his head that it worries me as a CFL fan.

    • Tiger man // June 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm //

      Kavis was not even a very good coach…now a GM!!

      Judging by this move under qualified for the job.

  6. Ottawa seems to be developing a habit of “sticking it” to their eastern rivals!

    • It was stated earlier in the day that Montreal had ceased to be interested in Freeman so I don’t know how much Ottawa “stuck it” to Montreal.

      Under those circumstances, it’s no more sticking it to them than Sask. choosing to sign Jovon Johnson. Ottawa secured a player Montreal was no longer interested in. Big deal. Happens frequently.

  7. Rob Sorenson // June 17, 2017 at 11:06 pm //

    Kavis had no intention in signing him or he would have done it already. Give me a break with your misleading propaganda. Neglist is the first stage- Als worked him out..decided not to sign him.Shiltz and Adams played well. QB depth for Als looked great.

  8. rogieshan // June 18, 2017 at 12:21 am //

    Drew Tate has a bit of history with concussion issues and right now Ryan Lindley is the backup behind Trevor Harris. Freeman is good insurance if he is in fact interested in resurrecting his career in the CFL.

  9. Reed and company took 3 days to make a background check on Freeman. What they found was way too much stuff out there for none of it to be -at minimum- partially true. After the team talked so much about changing the culture, their conclusion was to avoid the risk.

  10. White Horse // June 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm //

    Obviously Stamps barely gave him a look to begin with. Stanzi who is older got the job.(so far) Therefore was he worth all this chatter? However, Kavis Reed goes nowhere as he proved in Edmonton.

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