Alouettes sign QB Josh Freeman

Montreal is closing in on signing quarterback Josh Freeman, according to RDS reporter Didier Ormejuste.

The Als added Freeman to their negotiation list earlier this week. The last game Freeman played in was for the Indianapolis Colts on January 3, 2016. He completed 15 of 28 passes for 149 yards, one touchdown and one interception, adding eight carries for 24 yards in a 30-24 victory.

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.

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 Redblacks added Freeman to their negotiation list on Saturday, June 17, 2017, but he was later dropped by Ottawa.

That happened after the 29-year-old worked out for Montreal and he was spotted at the Alouettes final pre-season game. last year The move was a clear attempt by the Redblacks to keep Freeman from signing in Montreal.

But time has won out on the Alouettes side.


29 Comments on Alouettes sign QB Josh Freeman

  1. ivan Diablo // January 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm //

    could be, hopefully, bad news for manziel

    • But good news for the CFL. The league needs a few “name” QBs to sell tickets.
      I am sure teams with sagging attendance in Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal, could use a Manziel as a gate draw.
      The Ticats could trade his rights and get some players or cash.

      • Even Calgary could use the gate too. That stadium looked half empty all of last few season. Fickle fans disappointed when the teams chokes when it matters I guess.

        • So, the Stampeder fans are so fickle that they won’t show up to the stadium for a perennial playoff team however once they sign Manziel the stadium will be sold out every game? Your logic defies reason. Especially for a player of his character.

    • BleedsGreen // January 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm //


  2. with new CFL HC Mike Sherman in Montreal….expect him to saturate the team with US names and US talent (who are new to the league) ….history dictates that doesn’t work in the Canadian game

  3. What a dick move by Dejardins. I had never heard that story before

    • Provided the story is in fact true which I have my doubts.

      Kavis Reed did offer Freeman a contract after his workout in Montreal. Freeman declines the offer. Ottawa then neglists him and proceeds to drop him shortly thereafter. How exactly did the Redblacks screw with Montreal? If Freeman wanted to be in Montreal in 2017, there was plenty of time for that to happen as nobody neglisted Freeman until January 2018.

      • true or not the neg lists are a deterrent to signing intl talent. It has no purpose any more. The cap prevents bidding wars. Have an intl draft which will force reasonable choices such as div 2 guys. Everyone else is a pipe dream and should be free agents. Cap will do its job.

  4. looks like Manziel over played his hand. Its either tuck his tail in or go to “other” professional options. I suppose Texas [email protected] always has something for him

  5. Freeman can play. Much rather have Freeman than Manzel! Manzel is a spoiled entitled ass. Freeman won’t embarrass the CFL either! Go Josh!

    • looks that way. Maby Manziel will take up boxing now. big pay days no team mates

    • The last time he had over 100 passing attempts, passed for over 600 yards was 5 years ago. If he can play, he certainly hasn’t…much.

      Just so happy that Kavis Reed is living up to his word, signing young talent they can develop into franchise quarterbacks. Can’t wait for Freeman to figure it all out and dominate this league, at 32+ years old.

      Hope you take the time, descend to the uninformed level of we poor fans, and explain the complexities of THIS move, cher gerant.

  6. Grizzily Rose // January 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm //

    Hey Kavis, qb Vince Young available. He would be a major improvement over last season’s starter.

  7. Habsnriders // January 12, 2018 at 5:18 pm //

    Wow this guy must really want to play football . I wonder if he has any idea the debacle he is heading into . Or as Jim lahey would put it , a shit storm .

  8. Jose freeman signed two year deal with Montreal. Hamilton now won’t have gimme games in then east. Hamilton needs Manziel.

  9. So all the bloggers who say that any American quarterback coming up play football needs this huge learning curve and should only be paid the minimum. Let’s keep an eye for Jose’s contract. Montreal is not giving him 100 k. Nor should they. The his gets interesting for Hamilton. They should offer him in next offer as much as Masoli.

  10. I dont think this limits Manziel from going to the Als? Pro football is diff than most sports – sign who ever you want and take them to camp, dont like em? cut em…. However, in the CFL QB musical chairs, they are running out of chairs!

    • I think Freeman’s agent would protect cutting in training camp in his contract signed for 2 Years.

      • BleedsGreen // January 12, 2018 at 9:47 pm //

        CFL contracts are not guaranteed. Maybe bonus’ or if veteran you have to be cut by a certain point in the season. He sucks in camp he goes home.

  11. Can 3Downnation find out any of the financial terms. Interested to see how this would compare to the Manziel situation

  12. Last time Freeman had more than 100 pass attempts was 2012. January 3rd 2016, Freeman throws his first touchdown since 2013. He’s 29 years old and hasn’t played a second of CFL football. Is this a joke?

    Or has Freeman and Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt worked out some kind of package deal? That would be about Kavis Reed’s competency level: “If you want to sign Manziel at a reasonable salary, you have to sign Freeman as a backup.” “OK, deal.”

    Really, after years of the CFL circus this franchise has become, I wouldn’t put it past them. It’s hard to see what signing a 29 year old quarterback with ZERO CFL experience can possibly bring. Other than Ricky Ray, most quarterbacks take several seasons to adjust to the CFL game.

    I love the Matt Dunigan quote about for the first few seasons he was trying to figure it all out. So he ran, half of the time. Well…Freeman better be able to run…FAST. It’ll be a shocker if he can do anything else.


    • BleedsGreen // January 12, 2018 at 9:54 pm //

      What kind of crack are you smoking? Burkhardt will negotiate for Manziel independently. Reed, even if pursuing Manziel, has to keep adding to make camp competitive. If I am Reed I keep up the QB search even when and if Manziel is signed.

  13. Montreal May have signed josh Freeman to 2 year deal knowing that Manziel was not going to be available. Hamilton will sign Manziel and Burkhardt and Austin are finalizing the details. I believe it will be the same or close to what Masoli is making. They need to keep mazoli as he will be the franchise quarterback when Johnny Manziel goes to NFL after solid performance this season. Burkhardt should have a clause in contract that will release Manziel to NFL after this season.

  14. Why is it taking so long to name their position coaches.O line,running back,DB, receivers.No news on Brian Chiu

  15. Jim Morrison // January 13, 2018 at 11:39 am //

    Quality signing! Go Als!

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