Quarterback Josh Freeman signs two year deal with Alouettes

Quarterback Josh Freeman has signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes.

The six-foot-six, 240-pound Freeman started 61 games in the NFL, including 59 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which he led to a 10-6 record in 2010, his first full season as a starter. He led the team to a major turnaround that year following a disappointing 3-13 season in 2009. In 2010, he completed 291 of 474 passes for 3,451 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also added 374 rushing yards on 68 carries.

“We are very happy to welcome Josh in the Alouettes family. He has had success at every level and we feel he is a great addition to our team,” said Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed. “Josh has talent, speed and size that will make him very interesting to watch and we feel he can run our team’s offence.”

In three seasons as a starter with the Buccaneers between 2010 and 2012, the 30-year-old quarterback completed 943 of his 1,583 passes good for 11,108 yards and 48 touchdowns.

During that time, he set many franchise records with the Buccaneers including highest QB rating in a season (95.9 in 2010), highest completion percentage (62.8 in 2011), most touchdown passes thrown in consecutive games (15 in 2010 and 2011), fewest interceptions in a season (six in 2010) as well as most seasons and most consecutive seasons with more than 3,000 passing yards (three).

The Kansas City, Mo., native also played for the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts. He worked out for the Alouettes during the 2017 training camp.



40 Comments on Quarterback Josh Freeman signs two year deal with Alouettes

  1. Scottsask // January 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm //

    Interesting to see if his skill set will transfer to the CFL game.

    • What is a “skill set” ????
      All of our current CFL QBs are ex-NFL or NCAA.
      In fact they all say it’s much easier as a QB in the CFL, the wider field to throw the long balls, receivers only needing one foot in bounds to make a catch etc
      This guy is 6’4″ and 240 pounds!!! he will run over the smaller CFL linebackers and DBs

      • Wrong … they say nothing of the sort. The games are different with different demands. It’s why most QB’s who have spent time on NFL rosters have tremendous difficulty adjusting to the CFL game.

        The CFL out is the hardest throw in football. The extra man on D also complicates things as well as a much greater emphasis on multiple post-snap read-based adjustments. On NFL routes, there are rarely more than one or two post-snap options for receivers and they are an either-or. In the CFL, every receiver has post-snap options and they can be multiple.

        Stop guessing.

        • Good post! Quint is right and Jeff has much left to learn about football.

        • The “run over smaller defenders” narrative has been proven to be overstated numerous times as well. Trent Richardson said something about that himself at the end of last season, IIRC.

      • Footballnut // January 13, 2018 at 7:49 pm //

        I agree… this will come down to money / motivation… if he’s broke he will give er balls… if not, hard to say … would be interested to find out his reasoning – nfl hopes or just to play ball again

      • Ricky Football // January 14, 2018 at 1:01 am //

        Jeff, I would love to know your sources or lack of them.

  2. ivan Diablo // January 13, 2018 at 2:01 pm //

    “six-foot-six, 240-pound Freeman” wow that’s huge for a QB –

    is that a record for the CFL ?

    • Could be a record.
      He could dominate just by running over the smaller CFL LBs and DBs

      • Ricky Football // January 14, 2018 at 1:04 am //

        Have you seen the CFL LB and DB?
        Or are you just talking dumb again??

      • Ricky Football // January 14, 2018 at 1:11 am //

        Even at his size he will not be in the same muscle shape as the LB and DB. Not as strong nor as fast.
        But if we are counting weight only then I would say he needs to lose a few pounds before training camp.

    • He could be bigger than most of the “D” linemen and the Linebackers and all of the DBs.
      Would be a great option as a running QB.
      His completion percentage was not that great in the NFL, but in the CFL with only needing one foot in bounds and the bigger end zones and wider field and the extra receiver he could dominate.

      • ivan Diablo // January 13, 2018 at 7:02 pm //

        “His completion percentage was not that great in the NFL”


        • In the offseason 2 years ago, Montreal signed 6-6 250lbs QB John Skelton. Skelton never made it to training camp.

        • You’re making too much of this. Toronto receiver Jeff Fuller is 6’4″ / 233. Pretty sure he gets tackled by the same guys that are going to be tackling Freeman.

          Freeman is about the size of a CFL fullback. Fullbacks get tackled.

      • No. He won’t be bigger than any of the DTs, although he might be bigger than some of the DEs. He will be bigger than most of the LBs, however. Not a good 40 time, however, about 5 seconds, which means that every LB and DE and most of the DTs will be faster than he is, and most of them will be much faster, so I think short yardage is all his size is going to be good for. He also had an issue with interceptions and that can be a problem for NFL QBs coming to the CFL. See Vince Ferragamo on that one. The more I look at his history the more he’s starting to look like just an ok prospect and not a great one.

  3. Blue rules // January 13, 2018 at 2:07 pm //

    Good signing, imagine that, an American QB comes up to Canada without all the drama, I hope it works out for both Josh and the Al’s,

    • Don’t know why you say that, American QBs have been coming up to Canada for years, all of our current QBs are Americans I don’t which current QB has the “drama”
      Manziel has been the only QB with the drama and he hasn’t come to Canada yet.

      • Yes you are correct!!
        There are roughly 27 American QBs listed as starters on CFL rosters (1 plus 2 backups) NONE came up here with drama.
        Only read about ONE American QB with drama and no he has not signed with any CFL team yet.

        Without the American QB we don’t have a league.

        Most Canadians don’t want to say it but
        “Thank you America”
        We haven’t had a decent Canadian QB in 50 years!!

        • ivan Diablo // January 13, 2018 at 7:03 pm //

          We haven’t had a decent Canadian QB in 50 years!!
          bridge is better than ‘decent’
          maybe not a starter right now, but damn close

          • solara2000 // January 14, 2018 at 12:16 pm //

            That’s because they start from behind in terms of coaching and overall talent they are facing in their development.
            But who says it can’t happen – look at the U.S. hockey program. Hate to say it but they have produced, and continue to accelerate, some pretty good pros.

      • Blue rules // January 13, 2018 at 9:37 pm //

        @Jeff, its called sarcasm!!!! Re: Manzeil

      • The point is that success in NCAA or even the NFL doesn’t always translate to the CFL. Otherwise Tee Martin,Troy Smith, Vince Young, and numerous others would have made CFL rosters.

        • Vince Young is a good example of a guy who could theoretically run over everyone yet never made it out of camp.

  4. Kavis forgot to say the forensic regress before we progress family lol

  5. Wonder what the $ amount is? I think this signing is a good one. It’s not a gamble either since salaries are not guaranteed. He’s ha success as a pro. Kavis finally gets a checkmark.

  6. The Als cannot be thinking this guy can be their immediate salvation! If so, YIKES!

    Durant, Willy and Freeman won’t cut it in this league next year.

    • Who knows? we won’t know until training camp and pre-season. Freeman could dominate or he may not make the cut.
      I’m sure the Als will be signing more QBs before training camp.

  7. So–Willy warms the bench–Durant gets traded to be a backup–Manziel is not in the picture for the Als. Good luck, Josh

  8. I would still go hard after Lulay. Try and convince him to move out East. Even if he won’t be ready to start the season healthy. He proved last season that he’s still a talented starting QB in the CFL. He could easily play for another 4 years with a good O-line

  9. Tom calder // January 13, 2018 at 7:44 pm //

    Chris Williams, Tyrone Sutton and now a quality QB, in Freeman. All good signings. Gradually rebuilding. Hope kavis will quiet his critics in 2018. He walked into a dysfunctional organization. Popp could do no better once trestman left. Let’s give him a break

  10. Hearing Duron will receive a nice offer to come back to Montreal.

  11. Freeman started around 5 years in the NFL then the wheels fell off. If he gets great coaching, playing time and stays humble he might just reinvent himself from a former NFL starter to a new CFL starter. Hope it works out for him and the Als since both have little to lose and a lot to gain at this point.

  12. Rick cowan // January 14, 2018 at 2:42 am //

    Duron won’t sign in Montreal he loved it with the Riders if he signs in the Cfl it will be back with the Riders

  13. Bring back our Als // January 14, 2018 at 8:38 am //

    good signing if he backs up Duron he should get plenty of playing time. Duron will renegotiate his contract. Also the size will be great on short yardage. Kavis is due to make some good moves

  14. seems like a good kid, I dont remember a QB that big? oh except for that ALS QB maybe 10years ago? cant remember his name. Hope he does well.

  15. Edward Leslie // January 17, 2018 at 9:37 am //

    Jeff and John, you must be casual fans of Canadian Football. All current quarterbacks are American? That’s news to Brandon Bridge and Andrew Buckley.
    “There hasn’t been a decent Canadian Quarterback in 50years.”? Then how did Gerry Datillio earn the Eastern nominee as M.O.P. In 1980 with Montreal?
    Mark Rypien and Jesse Palmer we’re good enough to make it to the NFL. Greg Vavra was good enough to be a starter in Calgary. Plus there have been plenty of excellent prospects such as Brad Sinopoli, Chris Flynn, Tommy Denison, Erik Glavic, Darryl Leasonnand others who simply weren’t given a chance.

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